Skip to content | Change text size

print version

Monash University

Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc(ScSchProg)(Hons)
CRICOS code030800G
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details



The course aims to provide students who have qualified for course 1120 Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) with a higher level of experience in independent analysis and research in their chosen area of expertise. The degree with honours is awarded upon the successful completion of a program of advanced study including a supervised research project which will include a contribution to the knowledge of the subject by original work and a critical review of the literature. This course has vocational aims but also provides preparation for higher degree studies.


Graduates of the honours program will:

  • be able to critically review the scientific literature in their specialist area of study
  • understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a relevant research project
  • be able to complete and analyse a set of laboratory-based, computer-based, theoretical or other appropriate studies
  • be proficient in computer based data acquisition (where appropriate), critical analysis of results, appropriate presentation, and scientific word processing
  • demonstrate communication skills in both oral and written presentations to both a specialist and a non-specialist scientific audience, including the ability to write and present scientific work in a potentially publishable way
  • have acquired a range of technical skills and attitudes appropriate to their area of study
  • have demonstrated the capability to perform a variety of scientific procedures and techniques that are essential to the satisfactory completion and reporting of a research project
  • have the demonstrated the potential to pursue higher studies and learning in their area of study
  • have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of their discipline and its place within the broader scope of science.

Entry requirements

Students who have successfully qualified for course 1120 Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program) with a distinction grade average (70 per cent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant units at level three may apply to enter. These 24 points of studies will normally include at least 18 points of units in the area of study in which they wish to undertake honours.


The specific requirements for the award of a degree with honours is dependent on the field of study but in general will include advanced coursework and specified assessment tasks, a thesis component and seminars/oral presentations.


This honours course is available in most of the 'Science areas of study and sequences' listed in this handbook at

Details of the available areas of specialisation and units applicable to each are outlined in course 0051 Honours degree of Bachelor of Science.

Schools are able to cater substantially for the interests of individual students, although there may be compulsory elements to be completed by all students in some areas of study. The work to be completed by a candidate will be as prescribed by the relevant head of school.

Further details about the requirements for honours in each field of study, along with faculty honours policies and guidelines are available at


The honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Science Scholar Program)