Bachelor of Science (Honours) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Take your first step into science research

Develop advanced research capabilities through coursework in this hands-on degree that includes completing a scholarly research project under the supervision of our experienced academics.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
  • Fraser Coast
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
1 year
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast Direct application to USC
  • Moreton Bay From 2022
  • Fraser Coast Direct application to USC
Minimum selection threshold

GPA requirement

USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
1 year full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Total units

You'll be able to apply your knowledge to a range of science, health and human services research and practices, supporting your progress into professional work of further learning.

Learn in a supportive environment that is creative and critical as well as sustainability focused, giving you the opportunity to investigate and explore problems in an ethical manner, while being accountable to society for your work and maintaining professional standards of science.

In this program you will:
  • Undertake a research project of your choice on cutting-edge scientific issues
  • Develop scientific knowledge and learn about research methodologies and methods
  • Write a thesis or research project report with scientific rigor following peer-review
  • Learn from experienced academics and industry professionals
Admission requirements
  • Students must have completed a Bachelor of Science (AQF Level 7) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.
  • A high level of achievement in the intended area of study must be demonstrated, and a grade point average of 5 or higher achieved across second and third year level courses that have been undertaken.

These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Importantly, enrolment is contingent upon the School's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.

Career opportunities
  • Science researcher in government or corporate organisations*
  • Pathway to an academic career

*Depending on the research area selected: waste and pollution management, medical and health research, ecological/biodiversity research, environmental management, sport and exercise research, aquaculture, agriculture, biotechnology, community health.

Program structure

HNE420 Honours Research - Methods and Planning (24 units)
HNE421 Honours Research-Developing Practice (24 units)
HNE422 Honours Research - Advanced Practice (24 units)
HNE423 Honours Research – Project Examination (24 units)

Calculation of the Honours Classification

The final percentage mark achieved for each course is multiplied by the weighting indicated below. The weighted marks are totalled for all courses to determine the Honours Classification.





HNE420 Honours Research - Methods and Planning

Final mark (%)


HNE421 Honours Research - Developing Practice

Limited grade (PS/FL)


HNE422 Honours Research - Advanced Practice

Limited grade (PS/FL)


HNE423 Honours Research - Project Examination

Final mark (%)




Honours Classifications 

Final grades are converted to Honours Classifications as follows:

- Honours Class I overall percentage in the range 80% - 100%
- Honours Class IIA overall percentage in the range 70% - 79%
- Honours Class IIB overall percentage in the range 60% - 69%
- Honours Class III overall percentage in the range 50% - 59%

Total units: 96
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 24 units 
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • You may choose to complete 2 majors or 1 major and 2 minors from the list on the Program Structure
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • The program includes 4 courses of 24 units each. Full time enrolment is equivalent off 48 units (2 courses) per semester, over two semesters (one year). Part-time enrolment is equivalent of 24 units (1 course) per semester, over four semester (2 years).
  • Students will develop advanced disciplinary knowledge through independent study under the guidance of their supervisor. This may include acquiring and demonstrating specific skills or knowledge required for the research to the satisfaction of their supervisor.
  • Students will undertake research training. This may include research methodology, theory development and material about research practice, as well as practice in the formulation of research proposals, in research techniques, and in research ethics.
  • Students will produce a substantial independent research thesis/project of at least 24 units: A project for which students take significant autonomy for planning and conducting research, leading to an extended piece of work, usually presented in the form of a thesis, research paper and literature review, manuscript and associated documentation, project, or creative work and exegesis.
  • The specifications of these components and their assessment will be in keeping with the conventions and standards of scholarship in the relevant discipline.

Submit an enquiry

Questions? Ask us anything about studying this program. Alternatively, contact Student Central with any student-related enquiries.

Success! Thank you Something went wrong! {{responseMessage}}

Or chat now

Related news

USC Newsroom
Biomedical Science graduate Kellie Strickland at work in UK
Graduate on cutting edge of respiratory work in UK
4 August

Biomedical Science graduate Kellie Strickland had to pinch herself when she landed in England in September last year to take up a respiratory physiologist position at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Graduate Steele Ford working with seaweed at Bribie Island
D’Aguilar graduate studies science of seaweed
9 June

With his arms deep in a tub of locally-grown seaweed at the Bribie Island Research Centre, Steele Ford’s job is as hands-on as his recently-completed USC Bachelor of Environmental Science.

Thomas searches for gene switch secret
26 May

USC Honours student Thomas Banks, 21, believes that lobsters could hold the key to understanding an ancient evolutionary mechanism used to “turn off” genes in animals.