Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) (Honours)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
This degree will provide you with the foundation research skills that will support your future career as a scientist or researcher.
Specifically, you will develop:
- communication skills
- critical thinking capability
- advanced knowledge within your chosen discipline
- knowledge of research theory and practical methods
- research independence and capacity for self-directed learning.
Research experience is required for most academic and research positions, and increasingly for positions in other sectors.
In consultation with your discipline honours coordinator and your supervisor, you will be allocated a project to develop your skills to an advanced level.
These projects are developed for honours students and may be a preliminary exploration, a smaller component of a bigger research project, or part of an existing or new collaboration. All projects draw from the wide range of disciplines taught across RMIT's science programs. Many projects involve substantial cross-disciplinary work.
Discipline areas include:
- mathematics and statistics
- computer science
- environmental science
- food technology
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 actively involved in one of RMIT's research centres or groups, including:
- Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Physics
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics
- Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre
- Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry
You will collaborate with professional technicians and facility staff in some of RMIT's impressive facilities, including the:
Honours students complete advanced coursework and an individual research project with the guidance of a supervisor.
You will undertake a series of modules to develop advanced knowledge in your discipline, skills in research methods and practice, and in consultation with your supervisor you will develop your research plan.
You will conduct your research and document your findings in a thesis and an oral presentation to an audience of peers and academics.
Honours supervisors are connected to industry through RMIT’s many courses, research centres and groups.
Some honours research projects are part of larger industry collaborations.
The program consists of 96 credit points.
It blends coursework and research, with introductory courses for research methodology and individual projects leading to a thesis.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: BH012
This pathway builds a solid foundation for a future career in scientific research.
Graduates of this honours degree frequently advance to a Master or PhD course and undertake further research in their particular area of interest.
Alternatively, honours graduates gain employment in industry and government as research assistants, advisors, and scientists in research centres like CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Defence Science, the Environment Protection Authority, major Hospitals and medical research institutes and ANSTO.
Professional recognition and accreditation
On successful completion of the program, you may be eligible to join a number of Australian scientific professional societies. Your program coordinator can provide further advice. Professional societies may include:
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
To get a better understanding of admissions at RMIT, view our admissions information.
Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum 65% average or GPA 2.5 (out of 4.0).
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with Higher Education study
An Australian bachelor degree in science or equivalent, with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 overall and 2.5 in the final equivalent full-time year.
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.
The Honours program has a significant research component. Prior to submitting your application, you must contact the School and confirm a supervisor and a research topic.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
2020 indicative fees
In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2020, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,684 to AU$11,155.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2020
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2020
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
|$6,684 per standard year
$835 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,527 per standard year
$11,155 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living ;in Melbourne.