Honours - Your questions answered

How does it work?

Honours is a fourth year study program requiring 48 points of further study in Geoscience, Atmospheric Science or Physical Geography and Environmental Science. Research projects are selected from a range of potential projects offered by the staff in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment. The Honours program prepares you for higher degrees (coursework and research masters, or PhD), and is the accepted qualification for employment in industry or government.

Honours involves a research project, unit EAE4100 (24 pts) and a coursework unit EAE4200 (24 pts).

What pre-requisites are required?

Students need to satisfy the following:

  1. have completed the requirements of your Science degree, or Science component of your double degree, or 3rd stage of your 4 year Honours degree;
  2. have completed a major offered by the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (currently these are Atmospheric Science, Geographical Science, and Geosciences); and
  3. achieved an average of at least 70% in four units that contribute to that major. Very occasionally we may permit a unit from other disciplines to be included, this requires the permission of the Honours coordinator and the unit must be of direct relevance to the project.

See the entries for:

  • S3002: Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours)
  • S3701: Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Full details regarding the course structure for Honours in this area of study are outlined in course S3701: Bachelor of Science (Honours).

What projects are offered?

A list of projects and potential supervisors will be made available each September for the coming year, but students are encouraged to discuss options with academic staff prior to that. A wide range of projects are available, but we are not able to offer projects in every field or offer large numbers of projects in any one discipline. Potential Honours supervisors include the regular teaching and research staff, our research only staff and adjunct staff within the School.

Choosing a supervisor?

It is your responsibility to make contact with potential supervisors to express an interest in one of their projects or to discuss potential projects. Supervisors may not be able to take on all students who are interested. In the case of a supervisor receiving too many applications, the decision on which students obtain a project with that supervisor is based on merit. You need to talk to multiple potential supervisors and list preferences on your application. Honours supervision is a considerable workload for supervisors and typically supervisors do not take on more than three or four students. We will try to offer all eligible students a project but we cannot guarantee you a place in the program and you may not be able to obtain a project in any specific field. Acceptance into Honours is done by the Faculty in December.

Please ensure you complete the Honours Project Preference form

How do I apply?

Applicants need to complete the following when applying for Honours with EAE;

The completed project preference should be given to Robert Oakley room 126 in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.

When do I start?

Once the Faculty of Science has made you an offer, the Honours year commences in the last week of January or the first week of February and runs until late October. The first week is an induction week that you must be here to attend (i.e., if you miss it, your enrolment lapses). Midyear entry is also possible (start of Semester 2 in July and runs until early June the following year); however, projects may be more limited.