Students can undertake honours research projects with supervisors in The John Curtin School of Medical Research under two main programs: The Biology Honours Program and the Neuroscience Honours Program.

The Honours year is very different from your earlier years at University. As an Honours student you will take responsibility for an original research project, working amongst colleagues and with supervison, but being the main driving force. This is an exciting and rewarding year, but also one that requires more self-motivation, initiative and time management than the previous years. Honours is also a professionally and socially enriching experience where you will interact with a wide range of fellow students and research staff.

While Honours is essential if you wish to continue on to a PhD and pursue a career as a research scientist, it also opens the door to a wider range of career options. 

The starting point for prospective students is to identify an area or research interest, an academic supervisor working in that area and then a project on offer at honours level.

Biology Honours program

Students interested in projects in the Departments of:

are typically enrolled through the Biology Honours program. Please see further information on the Apply for Honours page of the Research School of Biology.

Some of the possible projects for 2017 have now been listed here.

Neuroscience Honours program

Students interested in projects in the

should contact the Neuroscience Honours Convenor Christian Stricker for more information about this program.

Some of the possible projects for 2017 have now been listed here.

The principal component of the 10 months Honours course is a research project conducted under supervision. In addition, students are expected to attend a journal club program, various safety courses, workshops and seminars, write a literature review and present seminars on their research work. In addition to meeting the entry requirements set by the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE), students must have the agreement of a member of the academic staff to supervise their project and the agreement of the Convenor before their application can be approved by the CMBE Subdean.

Academic staff from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU Medical School, Mental Health Research Unit, and the Research School of Biology may be supervisors. Students should discuss their intention to undertake an Honours project with potential supervisors and the Honours convenor several months before the proposed starting date. 

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