Honours in biochemistry and genetics

Why study Honours in biochemistry and genetics?

The biochemistry and genetics Honours program equips students with technical, analytical, communication and time management skills demanded by employers in diverse scientific fields ranging from biotechnology to biomedical science.

Our students work within teams to undertake novel research projects, under the supervision of leading scientists. Honours projects are carried out in state-of-the-art research facilities, either within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) on the La Trobe University Melbourne Campus, or at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg.

Components of the course

The primary focus of the Honours year is the generation, analysis and interpretation of novel research data, which students present in a thesis and a final seminar. The coursework element of the Honours year introduces students to sophisticated new research techniques and helps them to hone their communication skills via a poster presentation and introductory seminar. A prize is awarded each year to the student who achieves the highest overall mark.

Career opportunities

Many students are stimulated by their Honours year and continue in research, undertaking PhDs on tax-free research scholarships. Our graduates are highly sought after by many universities and research organisations within Australia and abroad. They are also qualified for a wide range of employment and research opportunities in the sector.

Course information

Local students

How to apply

Around 20-25 students are typically accepted into our Honours program each year, depending on the number of projects offered by the available supervisors. Applicants who achieve high B or A average marks in third year biochemistry, molecular genetics and/or biomedical science subjects including the practical subjects MED3LAB, MED3PRJ and/or GEN3LAB are likely to be offered places.

Interested students must discuss projects with potential supervisors. They can then either directly negotiate a place in a particular laboratory with their chosen supervisor, or submit a form indicating their preferences for projects, which are allocated on the basis of student marks.

The Honours Project Booklet (PDF, 2.4MB), available in August of the year before Honours starts, lists available projects and explains how to apply. Descriptions of the research undertaken in our department can also be viewed via our website. If you are interested in undertaking Honours in biochemistry and genetics, please contact supervisors directly.

Students transferring to La Trobe University for Honours are encouraged to contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss eligibility.

For further information on how to apply contact the Honours coordinator:

Associate Professor Christine Hawkins
Phone: 9479 2339
Email: c.hawkins@latrobe.edu.au

Structure

120 credit points

Fee Type

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There are also a wide range of scholarships available for local students, including an Honours year grant, available to students facing financial hardship.

International students

How to apply

Around 20-25 students are typically accepted into our Honours program each year, depending on the number of projects offered by the available supervisors. Applicants who achieve high B or A average marks in third year biochemistry, molecular genetics and/or biomedical science subjects including the practical subjects MED3LAB, MED3PRJ and/or GEN3LAB are likely to be offered places.

Interested students must discuss projects with potential supervisors. They can then either directly negotiate a place in a particular laboratory with their chosen supervisor, or submit a form indicating their preferences for projects, which are allocated on the basis of student marks.

The Honours Project Booklet (PDF, 2.4MB), available in August of the year before Honours starts, lists available projects and explains how to apply. Descriptions of the research undertaken in our department can also be viewed via our website. If you are interested in undertaking Honours in biochemistry and genetics, please contact supervisors directly.

Students transferring to La Trobe University for Honours are encouraged to contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss eligibility.

For further information on how to apply contact the Honours coordinator:

Associate Professor Christine Hawkins
Phone: 9479 2339
Email: c.hawkins@latrobe.edu.au

Structure

120 credit points

Fees and scholarships

Contact La Trobe International for estimated fee costs for international students.