Honours Opportunities

Undergraduate Student Opportunities within the Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE):

Click the following link for more information: Honours in Life and Environmental Sciences

What is Honours? 
During the Honours year, students undertake a supervised research project that leads to the major assessment component which is the written thesis. Honours students also have to present their research via oral presentations. There is also a coursework component that varies according to the degree program you are enrolled in.

Why do Honours?
An Honours degree provides an important year for further acquisition of scientific skills. In addition to the specialised research training you obtain during your research project, all Honours students gain further competence in critical thinking and data analysis, information technology, computer software, and scientific communication via oral and written presentations. These skills are recognised by external employers as essential in the workplace. Thus, completion of an Honours year will make you more employable. An Honours degree also exposes you to research of national and international significance, and is the springboard to further study as a postgraduate students undertaking Masters or PhD level research.

How do I get into Honours?
Admission to the Honours program normally require students to have a Bachelor’s degree with an average of at least 70% or greater in their level-3 units. There is an alternative entry pathway with consideration of relevant work experience through an interview process. Furthermore, admission to the Honours program is dependent on a suitable research project and the availability of a supervisor.

Honours assessment
The Honours program comprises:

  • Research project thesis – 60%
  • Research design presentation – 5%
  • Research final presentation – 10%
  • Coursework modules – 25%

Applications
The first step in securing a place in the program for 2015 is to contact supervisors and discuss projects. Once you have met with a supervisor and agreed on a project, please complete the application form HERE.

Application forms must be completed and signed by the nominated Supervisor and submitted to the relevant Course Advisor, Mr Vincent Kavenagh – sebe@deakin.edu.au. You are also required to submit an online application via the applicant portal on the Deakin website.

Applications close on Sunday 30 November for the Trimester 1, 2015 intake and Friday 17 April for the Trimester 2, 2015 intake. Late applications may be considered pending project availability.

Honours Coordinators
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus: Dr Stuart Linton
e: stuart.linton@deakin.edu.au, t: 522 71237

Melbourne Burwood Campus: Associate Professor John Arnould
e: john.arnould@deakin.edu.au, t: 9251 7465

Warrnambool CampusDr Ty Matthews
e: ty.matthews@deakin.edu.au, t: 5563 3516

Further information can be obtained from your local course adviser and via the School website.