Honours in Physics of the Earth

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.

How to apply

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.

There may be other suitable scholarships available. Visit the scholarships page for more information.

Further 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

E: Ross.Kerr@anu.edu.au

Or, Email:  teaching.rses@anu.edu.au

Guidelines for current Honours Students

The College of Sciences provides useful information for current Honours students.


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