Course Description

This program will provide you with foundation research skills that will underpin your future career as a scientist or researcher in the applied sciences.

Specifically, you will develop:

  • communication skills
  • critical thinking capability
  • advanced knowledge within your chosen discipline
  • knowledge of research theory and practical methods
  • research independence and capacity for self-directed learning

Research experience gained as part of this honours program is required for most academic and research positions, and increasingly for positions in other sectors of industry.

In consultation with the program coordinator and your potential supervisor, you will be allocated a project that aims to develop your skills to an advanced level in your area of interest.

Honours projects

The projects are developed specifically for honours students and may be a preliminary exploration, a smaller component of a bigger research project or may also be part of an existing or new collaboration with industry. All projects draw from the wide range of disciplines taught across RMIT's science programs. Many projects involve substantial cross-disciplinary work.

Discipline areas include:

  • analytical chemistry
  • biology
  • biotechnology
  • chemistry
  • condensed matter physics
  • environmental science
  • food science and technology
  • geophysics
  • Inorganic and industrial chemistry
  • medical physics
  • microbiology
  • nanotechnology/nanomaterials
  • optics
  • organic chemistry

A list of current projects is available from the Honours Coordinator.

Research community

This undergraduate degree is closely aligned with RMIT's research community. Depending on your project, you will work with a supervisor actively involved in one of RMIT's research centres or groups, including:

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    Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

    Employed full time: 54.7% (national average 57.2%)
    Studying full time: 38.8% (national average 45.2%)
    Median full time salary: $50,500 (national average $55,300)

    You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

    Course codes

    CRICOS Code: 068390G
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BH012

    Entry Requirements

    The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.