Honours is a research intensive, final year of study that gives you the opportunity to gain skills and experience necessary to work effectively in a scientific research career. If you are a Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biology, Medical Science, Anthropology or Indigenous studies student, you may be eligible for our honours program.

The program requires written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project. The honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in the fields as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can be an entry into many careers or a pathway to a PhD.

Honour student expectations

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge in an area of population health.
  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts in population health, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Analyse and interpret original population health research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.
  4. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental techniques and methods in population health to collect original research data.
  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Unit requirements

The Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

  • 30 units of a Population Health Honours Research Project
  • 12 units from completion of the following courses:
    • Biostatistics in Population Health
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • 6 units from completion of a course from the following list:
    • Public Healthy Research Project development
    • Methods in Applied Epidemiological Research