The John Curtin School of Medical Research is introducing its Honours programme in 2018. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a specialised Medical Research Honours programme encompassing a diverse range of medically relevant topics in Genome Sciences, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Cancer Biology and Therapeutics and Neuroscience.

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 supervision, 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 a research group/supervisor and area of research interest from the list of participating research groups. Each group’s website will have instructions on whom to contact to enquire about potential projects. Students should discuss their intention to undertake an Honours project with potential supervisors and the Honours convenor (Associate Professor Tamas Fischer) several months before the proposed starting date. For more information contact the Honours Administrator, Tara Butler.

The principal component of the 10 month 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.

There are a range of Merit -based Scholarships available to Honours Year students at JCSMR.

Potential supervisors

See all JCSMR Research Groups accepting Honours applications for 2018, or go to


For more information contact the Honours Administrator, Tara Butler.

Updated:  24 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, JCSMR/Page Contact:  Web Manager