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Honours subject area

Biology is the study of life, ranging from molecules and their modes of action, through to understanding complex communities and their relationship with the environment. We are living in a most exciting time for studying and working in biology as new technologies, such as recombinant DNA, genomics and proteomics, place powerful tools in the hands of biologists. These advances, along with our ability to process and interpret large volumes of complex data, have generated a gigantic leap in our understanding of the fundamental molecular mechanisms and processes controlling life.

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About honours

Honours students in biology are required to:

  • undertake a major research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff;
  • write a thesis based on this research;
  • present an introductory and final seminar describing their work;
  • undertake research skills¬† training, including how to design experiments and perform appropriate statistical analyses
  • attend weekly school seminars

A majority of your final mark, 80%, comes from your thesis. Your thesis is comprised of original research which through the guidance of your supervisor you have developed, carried out, and written up.

Your thesis will be assessed by three academics, usually within the life and environmental sciences.

The coursework component is the smallest component, comprising only 20% of the final mark. This includes your research and development proposal (7.5%), experimental design assessment (5%) and opinion article (7.5%).


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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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