Semester 1 intake - applications close on 15 December

Semester 2 intake - applications close on 31 May

Honours Information Evening 

Representatives from each department describe available research projects, and general honours information is discussed. There is a question and answer session at the end. 

Given the current restrictions we were unable to have an in-person event, but you can watch the recording on the JCSMR YouTube channel. 


The main component of the Honours Course is a supervised research project that is undertaken in one of the medical research laboratories at ANU. Through this project students learn skills in critical analysis of the literature, project and experiment planning, laboratory and other techniques in medical research, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research outcomes.
The other marked component of the year is the presentation of a recent research paper to foster skills in critical analysis of the literature. Most students in this honours course are expected to be doing projects with supervisors based in the John Curtin School of Medical Research, in the disciplines of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, Genome Biology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, or Neuroscience. However projects may be undertaken in laboratories in the Research School of Biology, other Schools at ANU where a group has a focus on medical research, or The Canberra Hospital at the discretion of the convenor.
Students should first speak to potential supervisors and then the convenor several months before their intended starting semester to ensure they secure a suitable project.

    Find a research project

    Participate in a specialised medical research honours program encompassing a diverse range of medically relevant topics. Browse potential student projects available in each research group at JCSMR: 

    Once you have found an honours project, discuss it with the potential supervisors and the honours convenor, Associate Professor Ian Cockburn, several months before the proposed starting date. You need an academic staff member to agree to supervise your project and also the agreement of the honours convenor before your application can be approved by the CHM Subdean.

    As part of your application to Honours, you need to submit a NOMINATION OF SUPERVISOR form if undertaking a Medical Research project.  

    The main component of the 10 month honours course is a research project conducted under supervision. 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.

    How to apply

    Find out how to apply for honours and admission dates on the College of Health & Medicine website.


    JSCMR offers these to honours students:

    Browse all ANU scholarships.

    Contact us

    For more information about honours email jcsmr.gradprog@anu.edu.au or the honours convenor at ian.cockburn@anu.edu.au.