Honours Programs

The Honours courses offered at Hudson Institute aim to provide students with a higher level of experience in independent analysis and research in their chosen area of expertise. Once you have completed your undergraduate degree, you can choose to do either a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) or a Bachelor of Science (Honours) program through the Institute.

Both programs have two components:

  1. An advanced research project which provides an opportunity to carry out supervised study
  2. An advanced coursework component which builds on undergraduate studies and increases specialist knowledge in your specific area of research

 

Alternatively, students undertaking an undergraduate MBBS course can choose to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (see ‘Course Options’ below) after completing at least the first two years of their degree. Graduate entry MBBS students are eligible after one year of study. Students are also able to use their honours research to continue on to a PhD and graduate with a combined MBBS/PhD degree.

Firstly and most importantly, carefully choose an area (or areas) of research that interest and excite you. Thoroughly read the available student projects and the Hudson Institute website to identify the Research Centres that have the project/s you are most interested in. Then call or email the relevant contact provided and arrange a time to chat about their research and meet their team. You can do this at anytime throughout the year. And don’t forget to make the most of Student Open Day which is held annually; it’s a great way to explore the wide range of potential projects available.

Course Options

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)

You must meet the requirements of the department in which you have majored; this is usually a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies at level three. The course work component of your Honours year is run by Hudson Institute and the Southern Clinical School (MMC4000), based at the Monash Medical Centre.

The BBiomedSci Honours application form and deadlines are available here. There is a space on the form for you to nominate a project you wish to undertake. Once completed, take the application form to your prospective supervisor to sign. He/she may also want to see a copy of your academic transcript. Check the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences website for the application closing date. Letters of enrolment will be posted by mid-December. For further enrolment queries, contact Hudson Institute BBioMedSci (Hons) Coordinator, Associate Professor Mark Hedger. or the Honours Coordinator in your Department.

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

You must meet the requirements of the department in which you have majored, this is usually a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above, in 24 points of studies at level three. The coursework component of your Honours year will be run by the department you are majoring in, your research component can be carried out at Hudson Institute. Go to http://www.monash.edu/science/current-students/science-honours for application details. The application form will have space for 2-3 projects to be selected in order of preference. Most departments have their own ‘Honours Expression of Interest’ forms available from their website or Honours Coordinator.

Take the Honours application form to your prospective supervisor to sign. They may also want to see a copy of your academic transcript. You will need to inform your potential supervisor in which order of preference you are listing his/her project. The form must be completed and returned to the Faculty of Science for Monash students in early November. Check the Faculty website for the exact date. For further information regarding enrolment contact the Honours Coordinator in your Department or the Hudson Institute BSci (Hons) Coordinator, Associate Professor Mark Hedger.

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

This is a research-only Honours course for medical students, taken as an intercalated year, intermitting from the MBBS (undergraduate medicine) course. A BMedSci (Hons) may be undertaken after 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of the MBBS course. Students are required to have obtained a credit average up to the semester prior to lodging their application.  Applications are to be submitted in the September of the year prior to undertaking the research. Detailed information about the BMedSci (Hons) course and application information is available from: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/bmedsc/. For further information regarding enrolment contact Hudson Institute’s BMedSci (Hons) Coordinator, Professor Euan Wallace.