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Honours program

The Department of Environment and Agriculture offer a one-year honours program leading to the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours).

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.

Click on one of the following discipline areas for a list of the available honours projects: Environmental Biology, Coastal and Marine Science and Agriculture and Agribusiness.

Why study honours? The honours program is only offered to students with an outstanding academic record

Bachelor Honours degrees prepare students to develop advanced knowledge and skills for professional work, research and further learning. The Department of Environment and Agriculture offers a one year Honours program to graduating students who meet the qualification criteria. The program is intended to strengthen the research skills of students, developed through an undergraduate course in environmental/marine sciences or agribusiness/agriculture with a strong focus on independent project work. On the completion of the course, students will have gained the critical thinking, scientific writing and data analysis skills required to develop scientifically sound research questions, plan research projects (including budgeting, health and safety risk assessment, ethics), collect data in field and/or laboratory environments, analyse data using up to date analysis techniques and software, and report the findings in a peer-reviewed journal. These skills are highly sought after in professional workplaces.

Admission requirements Application considered on the basis of your academic record

Students graduating from a Curtin undergraduate program who achieve a course weighted average of at least 65 in their core units in their final year of study (or final 6 core units if part time) will qualify for an invitation to enroll in the BSc Science (Honours). Students who think they are likely to qualify and who are considering enrolling in the honours program are encouraged to contact supervisors of potential projects sooner rather than later. Some projects will require collection permits and/or ethics approval which can take some time to prepare and be processed.

Non-Curtin students

We welcome inquiries from students who graduate from a non-Curtin course – please contact the course coordinator (Dr Chris Rawson – c.rawson@curtin.edu.au) for further information.

Course structure The honours program is completed in one year full time study

Students enrolling in the Environment and Agriculture honours program will undertake a small amount of course-work with a focus on independent research. They will study a specialised methodology unit that develops scientific reasoning and critical writing skills. The Department runs a block-mode statistical analysis unit that builds students’ abilities in experimental design and analysis. Students will complete an independent research project under the supervision of a member of academic and/or adjunct staff. The assessment task of the project is a thesis that will be written up for submission to a peer reviewed journal.

Research project Provides evidence of the student's ability to undertake original research

Students can select from a wide range of projects across a broad array of disciplines. They are encouraged to choose projects that are of interest and have some future career relevance. Projects are offered by academic staff at Curtin and by adjunct industry partners. The list of projects on the website is not exhaustive. If a student has a particular topic they are interested in, they should consult with a relevant member of staff who can provide further guidance in developing that project idea.