Bachelor of Biomedical Research (Honours)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
This honours degree is for students who have successfully completed a relevant bachelor degree in areas including pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, nutrition and food sciences, natural sciences, laboratory medicine or medical science.
You will develop and extend your research skills and specialist knowledge in the areas of biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological and chemical sciences.
As part of this degree you will complete an advanced research project, which you will present at the end of your studies. This project will demonstrate your ability to collate data, prepare a thesis, reference, publish and present.
This practical experience will expand your knowledge and prepare you for a career in research or further studies, such as a PhD.
Our Honours Research Book contains more information on potential supervisors and their research interests and activities.
An honours degree will help you expand on the knowledge you attained throughout your undergraduate studies, develop your research skills and gain a greater depth of knowledge in a specialisation of your choice.
This advanced, highly regarded qualification will set you apart from the crowd. It will provide you with advanced knowledge of and skills in research methodology and research practice.
You will also benefit from our industry connections, experienced staff and strong links with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology, an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology.
The Sansom Institute brings together internationally recognised research into pharmaceuticals, neuroscience and mental health, healthy lifestyles, population health, and Aboriginal health. The Centre for Cancer Biology carries out research into leukaemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and colon cancer.
Our strong links with the Sansom Institute for Health Research and the Centre for Cancer Biology means you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced industry professionals and award-winning researchers and academics. This is a great opportunity for you to build important relationships and networks, which may be vital to your career progression after graduation.
Graduates are highly qualified to embark on a career in research.
You may gain employment in:
You will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers and will contribute to the development of knowledge in your area of specialisation. You will gain transferable skills such as research training, reporting, communication and presentation skills, data analysis and high-level project management skills.
During the first six months you will explore research methodologies and develop the skills required to prepare research hypotheses and proposals. You will also gain an awareness of ethical research.
During the final six months you will be required to analyse, understand and contextualise your research results. You will then prepare a written thesis and present your findings during a research seminar.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
This honours degree ensures you graduate with advanced knowledge of research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.
During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation.
You will also graduate with industry experience and connections, and well-prepared for future leadership roles.
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
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