Why do Honours?

The Honours program is a one-year program that enhances employment opportunities and provides direct entry to postgraduate training. You will pursue formal coursework and an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the SCMB academic staff or a suitably qualified external supervisor. The program is open both to UQ students who have completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Advanced Science (BAdvSc) or Bachelor of Biotechnology (BBiotech) at the required level, or to students of other universities who have completed an equivalent degree. Read why Nilay Thakar and Rebecca Johnston each came from another Brisbane university to do Honours at UQ.

The Honours program provides invaluable in-depth training, particularly in the areas of research methods, problem solving, and communication skills. Research experience in the molecular and microbial sciences is highly regarded by employers.

Up to 10 School scholarships, each valued at $2,000, are available to Honours applicants each year.  Students undertaking industry projects may qualify for additional funding.  Read about Qi Qi He's experience doing an Honours industry project.
Additionally, the UQ Rowe Scientific Honours or Research Higher Degree Chemistry Student Bursary is available to students taking Honours in chemistry, with a location or socio-economic disadvantage.

Successful completion of Honours also enables you to apply for a research higher degree program (PhD, MPhil). Students attaining first class honours may be eligible for scholarship funding.  

How do I go about it?

Check if you meet the Entry Requirements to enrol in honours as a;

How do I find a supervisor?

The next step is to find a supervisor who is offering a current research project that interests you. Information on SCMB research themes and academic staff research interests can be found on the School website: scmb.uq.edu.au/research-themes.
Available projects are listed in the SCMB Research Projects Booklet. You can pick up a copy from the SCMB Administration Office, Level 3, Chemistry Building (68), email enquiries@scmb.uq.edu.au, or click on the links below:

Once you have contacted a staff member and they have agreed to act as your supervisor, you can then apply to enrol in the honours program.

How do I apply?

Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) graduates can apply online here: apply.uq.edu.au

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) students approaching your 4th year, email enquiries@scmb.uq.edu.au with your student number, supervisor details (name, location and email) and proposed project title.

For Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), download the application and submit to SCMB Administration Office, Level 3, Chemistry Building (68) or by email enquiries@scmb.uq.edu.au

Where can I get more information?

The Program Guides for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biotechnology Honours programs are available from the links below. (New students will receive the latest version of the Guide in the first week of their first semester of enrolment, and these links will be updated at that time.)

Key Contacts

Contact the SCMB Administration Office, Level 3, Chemistry Building (68) or email enquiries@scmb.uq.edu.au



Honours section

Honours Scholarships

How does a $2,000 or more stipend sound?

Honours in Industry

If you're interested in finding out more about undertaking Honours under the supervision of one of the industry partners of the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, complete this form.

Student Testimonial - Rebecca Johnston

For Rebecca Johnston, it's the people she's worked with during her Honours degree who have made the difference.

Welcome to new Honours Students

Students began their research careers with their first day of Honours in Science.

Honours students share lunch and experiences

SCMB's Honours students enjoyed a free BBQ together on Thursday 20 May 2010 on the Chemistry Podium at St Lucia. T...