Please note: The deadline for Semester 2 2020 Applications is Sunday, 31st May 2020

Download the Honours 2020 Guide here (PDF, 1.34 MB)

The John Curtin School of Medical Research offers students the opportunity to participate in a specialised Medical Research Honours program encompassing a diverse range of medically relevant topics in Genome SciencesImmunology and Infectious DiseaseCancer Biology and Therapeutics and Neuroscience.

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 Ian Cockburn) several months before the proposed starting date. For more information contact the Honours Administrator.

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 ANU College of Health and Medicine (CHM), 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 CHM Subdean.

Admission Requirements

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor of Science Degree, or equivalent, completed within the last two years:

  • With a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the discipline cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
  • And the satisfaction of any admission requirements described in the relevant honours specialisation

Finding a supervisor

List of potential project opportunities Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. Do not hesitate to contact potential supervisors directly.

Applying for Honours at JCSMR

Information on application procedure and dates


There are a number of Merit-based Scholarships for study support available to Honours Year students. Please find scholarships specific to JCSMR below:


For more information contact the Honours Administrator or Honours Convenor, Associate Professor Ian Cockburn.