Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
An RMIT honours program provides you with foundation research skills to underpin your future career as a scientist or researcher in the health sciences.
Specifically, honours students develop :
- communication skills
- critical thinking capability
- experience in scientific analysis and problem solving
- knowledge of research theory and practical methods
- research independence and capacity for self-directed learning
Research experience gained as part of an honours program is required for most academic and research positions, and increasingly for positions in other sectors of industry.
In consultation with the program coordinator and your potential supervisor, you will be allocated a project that aims to complement your skills and areas of interest.
All projects draw from the wide range of disciplines taught across RMIT’s health sciences programs. Our areas of study work to develop evidence-based interventions for preventing, diagnosing and treating chronic health issues. Our studies use stakeholder engagement to inform healthy lifestyles, improve quality of life and reduce the social and economic burden of chronic diseases.
Areas of study include:
- Body image, weight management and sexual issue
- Dementia, depression and cognitive impairment in chronic diseases, including people with type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Dietary and environmental influences and molecular mechanisms of fat accumulation and insulin resistance
- Emotional resilience training in children, adolescents and adults
- Epigenetic programming of sensitivity to stress and mood disorders
- Factors during childhood that promote resilience in later life including early life nutrition, developmental delay, chronic illness and childhood exposure to environmental contaminants.
- Health equity for vulnerable populations in Australia and overseas, including indigenous Australians, migrants and refugees, the aged and the mentally ill.
- Hearing loss and tinnitus
- Metabolic disorders and inflammation
- Postural balance, dizziness and chronic neck pain in the elderly
- The role of personal meaning systems in resilience
- Traditional Chinese medicine for respiratory, skin and sleep disorders and cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of obesity and diabetes
A list of current projects is available from the Honours Coordinator.
This undergraduate degree is closely aligned with RMIT's research community. Depending on your project, you will work with a supervisor who is actively contributing to RMIT's research strength area of biomedical and health innovation or is involved in one or more internationally recognised research centres or groups.
You may also have the opportunity to use RMIT's extensive facilities and to work collaboratively with professional technicians and staff.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Honours students work predominantly on an individual research project with the guidance of a supervisor.
You will undertake a series of coursework modules to develop skills in research methods, research practice and communication. In consultation with your supervisor you will develop your research plan.
You will conduct your research as prescribed in your plan, and document your findings in a thesis that will be presented to an audience consisting of peers and project supervisors.
Graduates of this honours program frequently advance to a Masters or PhD program and undertake further research in their particular area of interest.
This pathway can also build a solid foundation for a future career in health sciences, including:
- basic and applied research
- diagnostic services
Program and course information
Take your health career to the next level
Expand your knowledge by undertaking an original research project.