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1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

4BH009 (Internal)

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Degree overview

  • Study at SA's number one university for graduate careers1 and teaching quality2 in science and mathematics.
  • Focus on advanced study and research in a range of science disciplines.
  • Prepare for additional postgraduate research or a career as a professional scientist.
  • Explore Nano- and Biomaterials, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials science, Agricultural and Food Science, Environmental Science, Earth Science and Ecology.
  • Complete a one-year research project in an area that interests you, working with leading scientists and industry partners.
  • Access the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research hub and work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute.

1ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
2ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



Have you been a high achiever in your undergraduate degree? Prepare yourself for postgraduate research, or get a head start in your career as a professional scientist.

In this degree you’ll do advanced study and introductory research in your chosen science discipline (including Nano- and Biomaterials, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Agricultural and Food Science, Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Ecology).

Over the course of the year you will study courses in research methods, principles and ethics, as well as research project preparation. You will complete a research project that involves laboratory work, data collection and analysis, interpretation of your results in the context of current scientific literature, preparation of an Honours thesis and presentation of a final seminar to academics, student peers and relevant industry and government stakeholders.

This one-year degree is for students who have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant field of science, technology, engineering, environmental science or health with a high level of academic achievement. This degree will train you to undertake research and help you to develop higher level scientific and problem-solving skills.

If you’re thinking of applying, please contact the Program Director as early as possible (preferably in November of the year before) to discuss the suitability of your qualifications and possible Honours projects.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study courses about research methods, principles and ethics, and research project preparation. You will complete a research project that involves laboratory work, data collection and analysis, interpretation of your results in the context of current scientific literature, preparation of an Honours thesis and presentation of a final seminar to academics, student peers and relevant industry and government stakeholders.

You will also study advanced topics in science targeted at your particular field of study. This could include topic such as:

  • materials science including colloid, polymer and biomimetic science
  • nanoparticle preparation and modification
  • surface chemistry
  • biomaterials and bio-interfaces
  • environmental chemistry
  • mineral processing
  • earth sciences including isotope geochemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • ecology including remnant habitats and climate refugia environmental and park management

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Advanced Topics in Science 1 NASC 1010 9
Advanced Topics in Science 2 NASC 4006 4.5 Note(s): 1
AND Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Honours Research Project 1 NASC 4005 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Research Project 2 N NASC 1011 18

Study hours

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 research project will likely require additional time spent on the university campus and may involve time spent off-campus conducting fieldwork or site visits.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays, assignments
  • Honours thesis
  • online training modules
  • planning and research
  • examinations
  • practical work

Global opportunities

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.

Global opportunities


Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and learning base for students. They maintain ongoing relationships and collaborate with industry, other universities and various professional associations around the world.

The Future Industries Institute brings together our world-class strengths in advanced manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering and environmental science. It encourages researchers to blur the boundaries and build new relationships between industry and academia.

The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PBRC) enables advances in biological science through the development and application of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques. Research focuses on real-world problems such as the resilience of food crops to environmental stresses.

Scarce Resources and Circular Economy has three major research strands: Smart Infrastructure and Built Environments; Environmentally Sensitive and Resilient Communities; and Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience. It conducts specialist and interdisciplinary research to support improved environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Why Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Why this Degree

Our world-class facilities at Mawson Lakes campus offer an inspiring learning environment such as the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub.

UniSA research is rated at above well above world-class in biochemistry, cell biology, environmental science and management1. This research informs the basis of our science programs, and it is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

As a graduate of this honours degree you will be well positioned to work as a professional scientist in an area such as product development, quality control, natural resource management or consultancy or undertake professional scientific research in your field of study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy and UniSA STEM where our teams of researchers and research fellows collaborate across disciplines and work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

With an Honours degree in science you will be ideally qualified to proceed to postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. You could consider continuing with a PhD to further your knowledge and research skills.

As a graduate, you could also consider a career in:

  • product development
  • quality control
  • environmental management or consultancy
  • professional scientific research

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads 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, an ideal 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.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

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.

24/7 digital environment

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.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your program director

This Program Director quote has been prepared for: Justin Payne.

I am a Senior Lecturer and Program Director at the University of South Australia. My research and teaching backgrounds are in geology, isotope geochemistry and geochronology.

My teaching is focused on providing students with an insight into the inner workings of the Earth and the manner in which the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere are linked. I try to inspire our students to think about the influence we have on the planet and the influence that geology has on societies around the world. This includes recognising that our modern society is heavily reliant on mineral resources and thinking about the development and use of these resources in a sustainable manner.

My research is driven equally by general curiosity about our natural world and an interest is better understanding how the Earth has evolved and working towards finding applications for that knowledge to benefit industry/society. A background in isotope geochemistry has meant that I am able to work on a wide range of scientific problems and enjoy this diversity.

AsPr Gunnar Keppel

Program Director

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AsPr Gunnar Keppel

Program Director


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I was raised on a sheep and cropping farm in the mid-north of South Australia and have always been interested in biology and the environment. This led me to study a science degree. I am fascinated by the possibilities of science and have decided to further my knowledge by completing honours. My goal is to pursue a career in research because I enjoy fieldwork and being outdoors.

Bianna Kelly

Bachelor of Science

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Bianna Kelly

Bachelor of Science