What is it?
Honours is a one-year specialisation that can be taken after completing the requirements of a 3 year Bachelor Degree in Science: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/HSC
A year long project is undertaken with a set proportion of coursework and research.
The Honours year is very different from your earlier years at University. As an Honours student you work mostly on your own (with assistance and encouragement from your supervisor and other academic staff), at your own speed, and you make your own decisions on how your work and research should proceed.
Honours is important if you wish to continue on to a PhD and pursue a career as a research scientist. However, even if you do not think you want a research career, a wider range of career options become available with the additional training and experience that Honours provides. Honours equips students with the scientific, technical, problem-solving and communication skills they will need to successfully tackle the challenges of any job.
Honours is also a rewarding and social year that most students really enjoy.
Honours in Physics of the Earth can be undertaken full time or part time. Please refer to http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/specialisation/POTE-HSPC for further details on the requirements.
How to apply?
Students need to identify a research project and find an academic supervisor when applying for Honours year. Students who are interested in Honours should contact the Honours Convenor to discuss entry requirements and to get advise on finding a project and supervisor
Dr Ross Kerr Ph: (+61 2) 6125 4622 or Email: Ross.Kerr@anu.edu.au
The closing date for semester one entry is 30 November, and the semester two closing date is the last Friday in June.
Current ANU students
Current ANU students can submit an Honours application form directly to the Research School of Earth Science Student Administrator: http://science.anu.edu.au/files/CURRENT_Science_Honours_Application_Form.pdf
External domestic students
Please apply directly to the ANU online via the ‘Apply’ button on the Programs and Courses for your program of interest. When lodging your application please attach a brief statement outlining the Honours discipline for which you are applying.
Current ANU international students
If you are in one of the programs below, please complete the Science Honours Application form (PDF, 148KB)
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science (Honours)
All other international students must re-apply directly to the ANU online via the ‘Apply’ button on Programs and Courses using the link below relevant to your current program:
When lodging your application please attach a brief statement outlining the Honours discipline for which you are applying. Current ANU students do not need to pay the application fee; when submitting your application you will be prompted to select a payment option, please select ‘bank draft’ to proceed.
External international students
Please apply directly to the ANU online via the ‘Apply’ button on the Programs and Courses website for your program of interest, in most instances this will be the Bachelor of Science (Honours). When lodging your application please attach a brief statement outlining the Honours discipline for which you are applying.
Examples of projects
To find a project you may be interested in please visit the Projects page.
Projects are an indication of the topics available.Check the Information about current research and researchers at RSES.
RSES and ANU have a range of scholarships available to both local and international honours students.
These scholarships have a close date of 30 November each year for applications except for Action Trust Scholarship which has an application close date of 31 March each year.
- ANU Honours Scholarship
- A L Hales Scholarship
- Scholarship in Regolith Science
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Scholarship
- Action Trust Scholarship
- Angius Nicholson Honours Scholarship in Science
There may be other suitable scholarships available. Visit the scholarships page for more information.
Part of the Honours in Physics of the Earth program requires a coursework component of at least 24 units which is comprised of at least four 6 unit subjects offered by the university at an appropriate level. These should include but are not limited to Earth Physics courses run at RSES. This makes up 50% of the required assessment.
The research project makes up the other 50% of assessment, and as such is an important part of the honours experience. The project is expected to be a substantial and original piece of research in Earth Physics, usually supervised by someone in the Research School of Earth Sciences.
The Honours Convenor can advise on the selection of the courses and the research project.
For further information please contact either Dr Ross Kerr, Honours convenor:
T: (+61 2) 6125 4622
Or, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for current Honours Students
The College of Sciences provides useful information for current Honours students.