The Honours Program in Physiology
Honours is very different from earlier undergraduate years, allowing and requiring a greater degree of independence and flexibility that will help develop the maturity and skills for transition to employment in a range of occupations and industries or a research higher degree. Overall the Honours year adds value to your basic degree, provides you with an additional undergraduate year to demonstrate academic excellence and sets you apart as a student with extended experience of research methodology and with practical research credentials.
There are two Faculty entry requirements which must be satisfied.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Biomedicine (BBiomed), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent qualification. Applicants currently enrolled in a BSc combined course at the University of Melbourne are not required to have completed their combined course to be eligible for Honours. These combined course applicants are required however, to have completed sufficient points to be eligible for the single BSc.
- Standard Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 65%.
Entry into an Honours program is subject to the capacity of the department(s) or schools(s) offering the program to provide adequate supervision in a project appropriate to the interests and preparation of the individual student.
Honours students commence studies in Semester 1.
Students will be required to take two core ‘Physiology Discipline’ subjects. These subjects are foundational Discipline research subjects – training you in contemporary Physiology experimental approaches and engaging you in the fun process of research debate and discussion. Both these subjects are available during Semester 1.
BIOM40001 Introduction to Biomedical Research (12.5 points)
PHYS90008 Advanced Seminars in Physiology (12.5 points)
Honours Research Project
The Honours Research Project in Physiology is designed to:
- Provide an introduction to the process and practice of physiological research;
- Enhance understanding of biological and medical sciences across a wide area;
- Strongly develop the ability to critically analyse and independently evaluate experimental data;
- To develop oral and written communication skills to levels expected of a practising scientist;
- To enhance the process of life-long independent learning.
The Honours Research Project (total 75 points) comprises three assessment components:
- Two oral presentations covering Project background, methods & research outcomes (15%)
- A literature review of less than 5,000 words on a nominated topic in Physiology (10%)
- A written report (Thesis) at the end of the year, not exceeding 10,000 words (50%).
To successfully complete the Honours program in Physiology, students must obtain an overall weighted average of 65% or better for all course components combined..
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