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Science

Bachelor Honours Degree

BH-SCNCE

Course
Bachelor of Science (Science) (Honours)
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth, Curtin University Malaysia

Outline

This honours program enables you to build on the knowledge obtained in your undergraduate science degree and focus on one of the following areas of study: Chemistry, Computing, Geophysics, Environment and Agriculture.

Exploration geophysics student in a field

Daniel Werndly

The Bachelor of Science honours course at Curtin allowed me a unique opportunity to study in a field I am passionate about, ancient DNA, and complete my Environment and agriculture honours dissertation. 

The lecturers and tutors were really great to interact with, and offered support and advice on my project ideas. The hands-on laboratory work, bioinformatics and writing were a definite highlight of my project as well. 

I enjoyed discussing my research project with the other students, and interacting with my peers whilst they also developed their research plans. The final thesis submission was great as it was a culmination of all the work I had done from the previous year.

 

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Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This honours program enables you to build on the knowledge obtained in your undergraduate science degree and focus on one of the following areas of study: Chemistry, Computing, Environment and Agriculture, Geographic Information Science, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics or Physics.

As well as studying units in your chosen discipline, you will examine academic research methodology and enhance your analytical skills and innovative ideas. You will also complete a supervised research project and present an honours dissertation.

Note: Applied Geology, Geographic Information Science, Geophysics, and Mine and Engineering Surveying are not available for semester 2 applications.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • This honours course may enhance career opportunities in your chosen science area of interest, and give you valuable education in analytical skills, research methods and technologies.
  • You may continue your studies by undertaking a postgraduate research degree in your chosen area of study.
  • You will have access to modern laboratories and internationally recognised research scientists.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

  • Career opportunities can be sought across the broad spectrum of scientific research, government, industry and academia depending on your choice of subject.
  • This extra year at honours level is highly regarded by employers.
  • Honours provides a pathway to further research and entry to a postgraduate degree in your chosen area of specialisation.

What you'll learn

  • understand scientific principles, concepts and method and apply these in the context of their chosen area of study
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively to generate innovative scientific solutions to their chosen area of study through research
  • appreciate and competently use information technology and a variety of tools to retrieve manipulate transform and present data and information
  • communicate effectively through the written word and by oral presentation within the ethical and professional framework of their chosen area of study
  • use established and emerging technologies in their chosen field and apply them within the context of their profession
  • appreciate the importance of continuous education and training within their chosen field and take control of their own learning and development
  • appreciate that Science is an international discipline with varying perspectives as will be demonstrated in the diversity of opinion identified while undertaking research
  • understand the global and cultural issues within their chosen area of study and how these impact on the practice of their profession
  • be able to work as an independent scientist and within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of their area of study

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent in chosen specialisation, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent in chosen specialisation, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The course is available to those who have completed the Bachelor of Science, or other Science and Engineering undergraduate course in their chosen specialisation, with an average of 65% or higher in their third year units.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,530*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

Semester 1, Semester 2 and Trimester 1

On Campus

Semester 1

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: BH-SCNCE
  • CRICOS code: 061491D
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019