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Bachelor honours degree

This honours program enables you to build your knowledge in your chosen science discipline: applied geology, chemistry, computer science, environment and agriculture, geographic information science, mathematical sciences, physics, or geophysics.

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  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Science) (Honours)
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth,  Curtin University Malaysia
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New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.


Full Year - Honours

On campus

Semester 2

On campus


Full Year - Honours

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

Exploration geophysics student in a field

Daniel Werndly

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) course at Curtin allowed me a unique opportunity to study in a field I am passionate about – ancient DNA – and complete my environment and agriculture honours dissertation. 

The lecturers and tutors were really great to interact with, and offered support and advice on my project ideas. The hands-on laboratory work, bioinformatics and writing were a definite highlight of my project as well. 

I enjoyed discussing my research project with the other students, and interacting with my peers whilst they also developed their research plans.

The final thesis submission was great as it was a culmination of all the work I had done from the previous year.

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This honours program enables you to build on the knowledge obtained in your undergraduate science degree. As well as studying units in your chosen discipline – applied geology, chemistry, computer science, environment and agriculture, geographic information science, mathematical sciences, physics or geophysics – you'll examine academic research methodology and enhance your analytical skills and innovative ideas. You'll also complete a supervised research project and present an honours dissertation.

Note: Geographic Information Science and Geophysics are not available for semester 2 applications.

See our handbook for more course information. 

Why study

  • You'll have access to modern laboratories and internationally recognised research scientists.
  • You'll gain valuable education in analytical skills, research methods and technologies; and enhance your career opportunities in your area of interest.
  • You may continue your studies by undertaking a postgraduate research degree in your chosen area.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

  • Career opportunities can be sought across the broad spectrum of scientific research, government, industry and academia depending on your choice of subject.
  • This extra year at honours level is highly regarded by employers.
  • Honours provides a pathway to further research and entry to a postgraduate degree in your chosen area of specialisation.

What you'll learn

  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that is at a level that is informed by knowledge of the forefront of the field of study, within a research context
  • can apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation, and have competencies demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving advanced problems within their field of study
  • understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in communicating new knowledge, including using digital technologies
  • can gather and interpret relevant research data to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with the sciences, and how these impact upon the practice of science
  • understand the global and cultural issues within their chosen area of study and how these impact on the practice of their profession
  • display a very high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent in chosen specialisation, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian Bachelor of Science or equivalent in chosen specialisation, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or above in highest level units.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The course is available to those who have completed the Bachelor of Science, or other Science and Engineering undergraduate course in their chosen specialisation, with an average of 65% or higher in their third year units.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Full Year - Honours
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Semester 2
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Full Year - Honours
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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  • Curtin course code: BH-SCNCE
  • CRICOS code: 061491D
  • Last updated on: 24/09/2022