The Honours’ program at the St. Vincent’s Academic Centre (comprising of the Dept. of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery, St. Vincent’s Institute, O’Brien Institute and various Departments in St. Vincent’s Hospital) is an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialize their knowledge in a particular area of pre-clinical and/ or clinical research. This program provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates, whether as a means of progressing to further research at PhD level, or improving the scope of employment in the fields of biomedical research.
The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.
In addition to satisfying the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry requirements, students are required to have completed stream specific prerequisites. Details of stream specific prerequisites can be found at the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) entry and participation requirements page.
Intended learning outcomes
Students accepted into the Honours’ year at the St. Vincent’s Academic Centre undertake a year of intensive research and advanced coursework and must achieve a minimum of 70 for each component to qualify for the award.
Choosing from a wide range of cutting edge research projects within the Academic Centre, students undertake a combination of advanced coursework (25 points) and intensive research (75 points); aimed at providing advanced research training in multidisciplinary biomedical research. Key objectives are to develop skills in critical analysis of scientific knowledge, experimental design and hypothesis testing, specialized laboratory techniques, data analysis and interpretation, as well as development of written and presentation skills. The original research project will culminate in a written thesis.
Last updated: 14 March 2020