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.

Honours projects

For details of study options, please see the list of available Honours projects. Other projects may be available through the departments.

Application process

  • Applicants are required to arrange a supervisor and a research project, and provide these details through the completion of an Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Once the EOI is complete, then a formal online application can be submitted.
  • 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. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The following scholarships are available in the Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours)

Agricultural Sciences Honours Scholarship

Eileen Mary Harris Honours Scholarship

Career and Graduate Study Options

The Honours year is your first chance to engage in significant research; the process itself will help you develop a variety of transferable skills that go beyond those learnt earlier in your university career.

If you are interested in becoming a professional scientist, it is a general expectation that you will have undertaken an Honours year. The exposure to the research process, additional knowledge and wider experiences of Honours graduates are all attractive to employers.

The research ability and broad range of transferable skills can allow for opportunities in challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.

Whilst Honours can help prepare you for employment, it is also a pathway into a research higher degree, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Agricultural Sciences or Veterinary Science) or a Master of Philosophy (Agricultural Sciences or Veterinary Science).

Through undertaking graduate research, you will learn how to be a leader in your field, opening up further career opportunities and earning potential.

FVAS Honours Presentation

More information

Mohammad Pourkheirandish

Honours Coordinator (Agriculture, and Animal Science and Management)
E: mohammad.p@unimelb.edu.au T: 8344 8855

Senaka Ranadheera

Honours Coordinator (Agriculture, and Food Science)
E: Senaka.ranadheera@unimelb.edu.au T: 9035 5836

Carol Hartley and Andres Diaz Mendez

Honours Coordinators (Veterinary Science)
E: carolah@unimelb.edu.au  E  andres.diaz@unimelb.edu.au T: 8344 7375 / T: 8344 8409