Charlotte YipFinal-year student. Future medical researcher. Japan fan.
In Year 12, Charlotte Yip visited QUT Open Day and was inspired by the labs on offer and the way students spoke about their experience.
She chose to study medical laboratory science and through the Vacation Research Experience Scheme, worked with a team of scientists and health professionals from the Centre for Children's Health Research to improve our understanding of burns-research that can be life changing.
A study trip to Japan was opened her eyes to opportunities to pursue her future in medical research overseas.
If you're looking to get more from your studies, honours and undergraduate research projects offer the perfect way to deepen your knowledge, or simply find out if a career in research is for you. Both are excellent ways to give yourself that extra edge in your chosen career.
Why study honours?
The honours course provides foundation skills in designing and undertaking research. For most 3 year degrees, honours requires an additional year of study. Some of our 4-year degrees offer honours integrated as part of the course.
An honours year normally consists of:
- one semester's coursework study
- preparing a research hypothesis and methodology
- presenting the research results in a thesis.
Honours is ideal for recent graduates from bachelor degrees.
Deeper discipline knowledge
If you are part way through your undergraduate course and are interested in studying at a more detailed level, an honours year allows you to more deeply investigate a topic of interest.
First steps to a research career
For most students, honours provides a pathway to further higher degree research, including a PhD.
During your honours year, you will study and apply research techniques, which will give you an advantage in any research or professional career you choose.
Undergraduate research opportunities
Our Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a research project for approximately 6-10 weeks during the summer holidays. Participating in a research experience while you're studying your bachelor degree is an excellent opportunity to find out what's involved with research and whether it suits you.