Honours is a specialised year of study for students who have achieved academic excellence in their undergraduate degree. An honours year enables you to extend your knowledge in a specialised area.


Honours is a one-year program building upon your undergraduate degree that will draw together your previous studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on original research.

Designed to give you advanced research, analytical and communications skills, honours can further prepare you for employment, or for a research higher degree (Doctor of Philosophy or Masters by Research).

Study options

Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours)

Taught by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, this program is made up of advanced coursework, and an individual research project designed to extend students' knowledge and skills in solving research problems.

To be eligible, you must have completed a Bachelor of Agriculture within the last 10 years, with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent, with a major relevant to the discipline stream you wish to study. Discipline streams can include but are not limited to agriculture economics, plant and soil science, production animal science.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) program is taught through the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Psychological Science, or the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences depending on the research stream. Programs available include:

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have completed a three-year undergraduate degree with at least two years in science or technology areas of study
  • Have completed at least 50 points at third year level in science or technology areas of study (or equivalent)
  • Have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65% in your undergraduate degree
  • Meet the specific requirements for the discipline area or research project you apply for.

Application process

  • Applicants are required to arrange a supervisor and a research project, complete the Expression of Interest Form and submit a formal online application.
  • Current students can apply via my.unimelb.
  • Non-University of Melbourne students can apply via Study.
  • Please note, honours is available start year, full-time only. There is no mid-year entry.
  • The application closing date for formal applications is the end of November each year.

Career and Graduate Options

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More information

Professor Paul Taylor
Honours Director (Agriculture)
E: paulwjt@unimelb.edu.au
T: 8344 5021

Dr Ken Snibson
Honour Coordinator (Veterinary Science)
E: ksnibson@unimelb.edu.au
T: 8344 8716