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A single Honours program in Biology accommodates students who have completed 24 credit points of Senior Biology units and have a minimum WAM of 65. Details of available projects are contained in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences Honours Guide which can be obtained from the school office or online here:

During the Honours year the principles established in the first three years of the undergraduate award course are further developed, and students are introduced to a wider field of Biology and biological techniques. Students may elect to specialise in any of the aspects of Biology that are studied in the school. Projects jointly supervised by staff in other schools or departments within the University may also be considered.

For further information on specific research projects prospective students should consult the Honours projects page and contact the individual academic staff members here:

The Honours year comprises:

  1. a project in which the student investigates a problem and presents oral and written accounts of their research.
  2. a coursework unit – BIOL4015 Scientific Research in Biology, instruction in experimental design, and other technical training.

The degree will be awarded on the basis of: (a) written assignments from coursework units; (b) marks awarded for a thesis on the subject of the project.

Honours Coordinator, Associate Professor Nathan Lo

T +61 2 9036 7649
Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Biology Honours

Scientific Research in Biology
6    C BIOL4016
N BIOL4009 or BIOL4010 or BIOL4011 or BINF5002 or BINF5003

BIOL4016 corequisite not required by Bioinformatics Masters Research Stream students.
Semester 1
Semester 2
Biology Honours A
6    C BIOL4015
N BIOL4011
Semester 1
Semester 2
Biology Honours B
12    C BIOL4011 or (BIOL4015 and BIOL4016)
Semester 1
Semester 2
Biology Honours C
12    C BIOL4012
Semester 1
Semester 2
Biology Honours D
12    C BIOL4013
Semester 1
Semester 2