School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences Honours Program
The School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences Honours program is an intensive one year course of study designed to enhance the research skills of undergraduate students. Normally only available to those students with an outstanding undergraduate academic record, Honours consists of a research project carried out under supervision in one of the research groups in the School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences and generic skills training in project management, communication, occupational health and safety, library search skills. You will work nearly full time on your research project and by the end of the year it is expected that you will have learnt from first-hand experience how to formulate questions, design and conduct experiments, analyse and evaluate data, and write an Honours thesis which could be in the format of a scientific paper. As a result of this experience, the Honours year adds value to your basic degree, substantially broadening your skills-base, and immediately sets you apart from the bulk of students who have only completed a bachelor’s degree, providing much-enhanced career and employment prospects.
Honours represents the most direct path for students to gain entry into a Doctoral level (PhD) research program (3-year project, no course work) and itself, provides excellent opportunities for work in many fields including industry, government and academia. To ensure that you make the most of your “Honours” year, and additionally, to give yourself the best chance of securing financial support for further higher degree studies through the award of an Australian or University Postgraduate Research Scholarship, we recommend that you read this document and consider its contents.
Any academic in the School of Medical, Indigenous and Health Sciences may be able to offer suitable honours projects in any given year. You are encouraged to discuss potential projects and interest in honours with academics who are actively engaged in research that interests you. Academic staff research profiles can be viewed at UOW Scholars.
Week one of the honours year begins at the start of the second week in February. In 2020, the start date is Monday 10 February