Honours

Study with us and open the door to a range of rewarding career opportunities. Become a part of a community of alumni that includes Nobel Prize winners, pioneering researchers and world-renowned leaders in health. Our research programs are held in high regard, their quality and impact respected by peers and the community.

What is honours?

Honours is a one-year qualification studied as an addition to an undergraduate degree. Completing an honours degree provides an opportunity to investigate an area of interest in greater detail. As an extension of an undergraduate degree, honours is recognised as a prestigious qualification and develops specific knowledge and skills in your chosen research field as well as working independently, critical reasoning, scientific writing and presentation. An honours degree will prepare you for further postgraduate study, such as a masters and/or PhD. For those interested in academia or a research-based career, honours is the platform to kick start these professions. The skills and knowledge developed throughout an honours degree are highly transferable and are sought by employees and can provide a distinct point of difference in a competitive job market.

Why study honours?

Studying honours can provide you with the skills and experience to pursue different career opportunities, particularly a career in research. Employers recognise that the research ability and broad range of transferable skills which University of Adelaide graduates possess equip them well for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations. By undertaking a research degree with us, you will be involved in discovery, innovation and cutting-edge research. Our strong focus on addressing global challenges creates a highly stimulating setting for our students interested in changing the world.

We have a huge range of research projects listed in the Research Opportunities Guide(pdf file).

Honours scholarship opportunities 2022

Please note: To be considered for the below scholarships, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an expression of interest by 30 November (semester 1 start) or July 1 (semester 2 start). All Semester 2 applicants will be ranked with the following year's Semester 1 applications.

  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Honours Scholarships

    Amount: $4,000 paid in two equal instalments.

    The scholarships are available to students enrolled in an Honours program in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Selection of the successful candidates will be made according to academic merit. Academic merit for continuing students will be determined according to students’ cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent score.

    Students must declare if they have applied for other scholarships on the expression of interest (EOI) form. Please refer to 'How do I apply to study Honours?' below, for the relevant EOI form.

    For more information please contact honsadmissions@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Jeffrey Robinson Scholarship

    Amount: $4,000 paid in two equal instalments.

    Open to students with a Robinson Research Institute supervisor (can be within or outside of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences).

    Selection of the successful candidates will be made according to academic merit. Academic merit for continuing students will be determined according to students’ cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) or equivalent score. Final recommendation will be made by the Director of the Robinson Research Institute.

    Please refer to 'How do I apply to study Honours?' below, for the relevant expression of interest (EOI) form and download the Jeffrey Robinson Scholarship rules.*

    *Students outside of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences must complete the online application form.

    For more information please contact honsadmissions@adelaide.edu.au.

  • Repromed Reproductive Health Scholarship

    Amount: $5000 of which $4,000 will be paid to the student in two equal instalments and $1,000 for the supervisor.

    Open to students who have a demonstrated interest in human reproduction health and/or animal reproductive health that is transferable to humans.

    One scholarship shall be awarded to a student undertaking an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences, Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in the areas of Animal Science or undertaking the further or subsequent year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery program of study at the University of Adelaide. Selection of the final candidate will be made by the Director of the Robinson Research Institute or nominee.

    Please refer to 'How do I apply to study Honours?' below, for the relevant expression of interest (EOI) form and download the Repromed Reproductive Health Scholarship rulespdf file).*

    *Students outside of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences must complete the online application form.

    For more information please contact honsadmissions@adelaide.edu.au.

Which degrees offer an honours program?

You can choose to undertake honours in the following:

How do I apply to study honours?

Honours degrees have two intake periods per year: semester 1 and mid-year.

  • For semester 1 entry you are encouraged to apply by 30 November.
    Note: Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) applicants have an early application deadline of 18 October.
  • For mid-year entry you are encouraged to apply by 1 July.
    Note: Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) mid-year entry not available.

Contact Professor Joanne Bowen, FHMS Honours Coordinator, to discuss how honours can fit your career goals.

The application process varies depending on which degree you are applying for. Choose your desired degree and follow the steps outlined below.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact the relevant Honours Coordinator. You will receive a confirmation receipt of your expression of interest upon submission. 

Further information

The University offers scholarships to undergraduate students. These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students. 

Are you a current medical student? Students enrolled in the Adelaide medical program at the University of Adelaide will need to apply for a leave of absence (request this by emailing med_director@adelaide.edu.au).

Are you currently studying at another university? If you are completing undergraduate studies at another institution, you will need to provide a copy of your academic transcript once your final results are available. 

Closing deadlines and next steps  

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours):

  • For semester 1, 2022 entry, applications close on 18 October 2021.

Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences (Honours), Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (Honours) and Bachelor of Nursing (Honours):

For semester 1 entry, you are strongly encouraged to apply by 30 November (unless a due date is specified). All other applications will continue to be accepted up until mid-January. Please be aware that many scholarship closing dates are earlier than November. 

For mid-year entry, you are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 July, however applications will continue to be accepted up until mid-July.

Following submission of an expression of interest, students will be emailed instructions to submit a formal application for admission to the Honours degree via a University Internal Transfer, or, for external applicants, via SATAC.