Postgraduate Pathways

Honours Programs

If you are seeking to improve your career prospects, aspiring to further academic study, or simply wishing to indulge a passion, then honours is your next step. For many students, honours is a first step towards advanced academic research pathways such as Masters and PhD. For others, it is the catalyst to an outstanding career in the workforce.  Honours research helps improve your problem solving skills, your capacity to work independently or under supervision, and gives you the opportunity to develop your self-motivation. These skills are highly desirable in the workplace or in further research.

Our Honours programs are designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in areas relevant to the sciences, either to improve their career prospects through gaining specialized skills or to proceed to higher degree studies. Honours provides a pathway for technical and research career options in industry, government, universities and research organisations.

Admission to Honours requires an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline with a GPA of 5.5 or better. Completion to the standard of Honours Class II Division 1 or better is the normal mode of entry to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Bachelor of Science with Honours

The Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc Hons) program, is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies and gain high level conceptual and theoretical knowledge and technical skills in a range of disciplines/majors offered by each school.

The Honours year normally requires the completion of a research project and the submission of a thesis embodying a literature review and the results of the research project. Honours in Mathematics has a lower emphasis on the research project. Completion of a Bachelor of Science with Honours will improve career prospects, and provide a pathway to higher degree studies.

The following majors are offered within the BSc Hons program: Agronomy, Animal Science, Archaeology, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computational Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Geography, Geoscience, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Zoology.

BSc Honours CoordinatorDr Heather Nonhebel

Information for 2017 Honours students >

Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours

The Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours program is designed to allow well-qualified graduates to extend their studies in a chosen area of Computer Science either to improve their career prospects or to proceed to higher degree studies. Honours is an intensive program which combines coursework and a thesis and enables students to research a topic they are passionate about. It also provides the opportunity for the development of an original research project. Students are able to conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor who is a specialist in the chosen field. Completion of the Honours year provides students with an avenue to postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic. Honours graduates are able to demonstrate that they can work with minimal supervision and apply their Computer Science skills to a range of areas.

BCompSc Honours Coordinator – Dr William Billingsley

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology with Honours is an intensive year-long program and can be one of the most enjoyable and challenging years for a student.  Students have the opportunity to develop their own original research project in an area they are passionate about and  students are able to use all the skills they have learned through their undergraduate degree to produce a 20,000 word thesis.

S&T Exercise Science Postgraduate Coordinator - Dr Adrian Gray

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours provides students with an avenue into postgraduate study or into a career as a professional researcher or academic.  Students who complete honours can demonstrate to future employees that they have important job skills such as the ability to produce high quality work with minimal supervision and important project management skills.

S&T Exercise Science Postgraduate Coordinator - Dr Adrian Gray

Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours

The Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours is a four-year degree and students with a meritorious record may be awarded the degree with an honours level and are well suited for further postgraduate study or a career as a professional researcher or academic.  All students complete a research project in the final year and are required to present oral and written reports including a thesis.

S&T Pharmacy Postgraduate Coordinator - Dr Anna Marie Babey

Postgraduate Programs

Graduate Certificates

The Graduate Certificate programs are intensive but flexible courses and are designed to provide candidates with the opportunity to broaden or develop their professional knowledge and management skills in their chosen area of study.

Graduate Certificate in Disability Management

UNE has recently developed two postgraduate courses in Disability Management. The Graduate Certificate in Disability Management is designed to provide essential skills in understanding the scientific basis of disability, combined with a focus on organisational management and transformation. The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a demand for employees with specialist education and training in the disability and human services sector. The Graduate Certificate in Disability Management is designed for those looking to transition into, or already working in, the fields of disability support, health, human services, and rehabilitation.

Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management, and NDIS business management. Students will gain hands-on experience in the disability field through completion of a work based unit of study. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports.

The Graduate Certificate can be completed off-campus, allowing students to balance study with work and other commitments, and takes up to 2 years to complete on a part-time basis. There are entry pathways into these programs for individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma, or for individuals with relevant work experience. Prior qualifications are not necessary for entry.

Course coordinator – Dr Mary McMillan

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is designed for candidates who have a computing background who are seeking to enhance their information technology skills. The aim of the course is to enable students to enhance their competencies in a range of areas critical to information technology/computer science. Study is available in areas such as web programming, software engineering, interaction design, computer networks, artificial intelligence and software project management. Upon successful completion, graduates are able to articulate on to further postgraduate study in the area of information technology/computer science.

Computer Science Postgraduate Coordinator – Dr Mitchell Welch

Graduate Certificate in Science

Do you have an undergraduate degree in science and want to add another specialty or upgrade your current skills?  With ten focussed majors ranging from biochemistry to zoology, the Graduate Certificate in Science  can be completed part-time over two or more trimesters, with as little as first-year background knowledge in the new area. 

Science Postgraduate Coordinator – Dr Peter Dillingham

Graduate Diplomas

The Graduate Diploma programs provide an opportunity for graduates to upgrade or extend their qualifications in a field of study not covered in depth in their undergraduate studies. The Diplomas are the second level in a suite of courses that provide the opportunity for students to progress through to a Master program.

Graduate Diploma in Disability Management

UNE has recently developed two postgraduate courses in Disability Management. The Graduate Diploma in Disability Management is designed to provide essential skills in understanding the scientific basis of disability, combined with a focus on organisational management and transformation. The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a demand for employees with specialist education and training in the disability and human services sector. The Graduate Diploma in Disability Management is designed for those looking to transition into, or already working in, the fields of disability support, health, human services, and rehabilitation.

Students begin by studying clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management, and NDIS business management. Students will gain hands-on experience in the disability field through completion of a work based unit of study. Students can then choose to specialize in a biomedical stream, to gain greater understanding of the biology of disability, or a management stream, to enhance skills in business management. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports.

The Graduate Diploma can be completed off-campus, allowing students to balance study with work and other commitments, and takes up to 4 years to complete on a part-time basis. There are entry pathways into these programs for individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree, Diploma or Advanced Diploma, or for individuals with relevant work experience. Prior qualifications are not necessary for entry.

Course coordinator - Dr Mary McMillan

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technologyy is designed for those who do not have a computing background and who are seeking a qualification in information technology.

Candidates who have a computing background who wish to update their information technology skills are also able to enrol for the Graduate Diploma.

 Study is available in areas such as web programming, software engineering, interaction design, computer networks, artificial intelligence and software project management. The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology has been granted Associate Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.

Computer Science Postgraduate Coordinator - Dr Mitchell Welch

Graduate Diploma in Science

With eleven majors to choose from in classical and emerging fields, the Graduate Diploma in Science is designed to let you change direction, or upgrade or complement your existing skill set.  Combining strong foundational knowledge with the latest, cutting-edge techniques, the Graduate Diploma in Science also serves as a gateway for more advanced study.  Those

 with first-year knowledge in the chosen major can complete the course part-time over four or more trimesters, while those with a stronger background may elect to complete the course full-time over two trimesters.

Science Postgraduate Coordinator – Dr Peter Dillingham

Coursework Masters

The School offers four coursework Master degrees.

Two require applicants to have a background relevant to the proposed area of study (the Master of Computer Science and the Master of Scientific Studies) with graduates having the research skills, knowledge and ability to operate with a high level of autonomy within a research environment. 

Two are “conversion” programs and provide candidates who do not have a computing science/information technology with the opportunity to gain a qualification as an information technologist (the Master of Information Technology and the Master of Information Technology (Business).

Master of Computer Science

The Master of Computer Science provides a comprehensive, modern postgraduate education in the principles and practice of ICT together with the opportunity to gain enhanced knowledge and skills in research. The Master of Computer Science is designed for computer science/information technology and those with a background in information technology, computer science or software engineering. Emphasis is placed upon the structured design of algorithms for computer-based implementations of real-life tasks. The interactive execution, analysis and use of programs are discussed together with advanced algorithmic designs and programming techniques.

The aim of the course is to enable students to enhance their competencies in a range of areas critical to computer science/information technology and attain the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and analytical skills and the practical experience needed for an effective career computer science/information technology. Master of Computer Science graduates are eligible to apply for admission to PhD candidature, upon successful completion of the thesis.

S&T Computer Science Postgraduate Coordinator –  Dr Mitchell Welch

Master of Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology provides an opportunity for those who are looking for a change of direction in their career or for those who want to enhance their IT qualifications. Those seeking a change of direction can come in without any background in IT and graduate with a sound knowledge and understanding of IT qualifying them for employment in a broad range of positions in private industry, government agencies or research organisations which have an IT requirement.

The course offers considerable depth and flexibility, allowing students to select from units covering specialised topics such as, computer networks and security, artificial intelligence, management information systems, user experience design and web programming. The course also allows students to complete either a research project, which requires submission of a thesis, or an information and communications technology project relating to a real-life case. The Master of Information Technology has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognized in other countries. S&T Computer Science Postgraduate Coordinator –  Dr Mitchell Welch

Master of Information Technology (Business)

The Master of Information Technology (Business) provides an opportunity for those who are looking for a change of direction in their career or for those who want to enhance their IT qualifications and gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of business. Those seeking a change of direction can come in without any background in IT or business and graduate with a sound knowledge and understanding of IT and business principles which qualifies them for employment in a broad range of positions in private industry, government agencies or research organisations.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in the planning, design and implementation of a large software system as well as gaining the knowledge and skills required to resolve issues that arise during project planning, implementation and completion/termination. The Master of Information Technology (Business) has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society and through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries.

S&T Computer Science Postgraduate Coordinator –  Dr Mitchell Welch

Master of Scientific Studies

Designed for those wanting specialised training, the Master of Scientific Studies offers majors in biochemistry, biodiversity, biomedical science, chemistry, genetics, mathematics, and zoology.  Each major comprises advanced units in the subject plus a research project or thesis, preparing students for a career in the field or for a PhD program.  Students may also take units in complementary subjects, setting them apart from others and personalising the degree.  For example, a chemistry student might develop computing and data analysis skills by adding on MATLAB-based programming and statistics units, while a genetics student could develop a specialty in plant genetics by taking botany units.  Normally completed in two years as a full-time student or up to twelve trimesters as a part-time student, those with strong backgrounds in the field may be granted credit for prior learning to fast-track their degree.

S&T Science Postgraduate Coordinator –  Dr Peter Dillingham

Postgraduate Research Programs

We encourage prospective postgraduate research students to explore our Research to learn more about our areas of interest, and to contact academic staff member directly to explore opportunities for study in a particular area.  By providing them with a full CV and details of your academic record, together you can find topics and degrees that best suit your needs.

Contact the School's Higher Degree Research (HDR) coordinator Dr Nick Andronicos if you have any problems with finding a suitable supervisor, or if you have problems with administration contact Lisa Allen.

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MSc)) provides a program of independent, supervised research that makes an advanced contribution to scholarship of a scientific field of knowledge. Within the School of Science and Technology areas of specialization include biochemistry, chemistry, computational science, exercise science, genetics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, physiology, precision agriculture, regulatory science, sports science and statistics.

MSc graduates are eligible to apply for admission to PhD candidature and are qualified for employment in research organisations such as CSIRO and ANSTO, universities, environmental protection agencies, and scientific research institutes.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree enables students to undertake a substantial piece of independent and sustained research under academic supervision. The research is expected to make a substantial and original contribution to the discipline knowledge.

All Australian and New Zealand students who meet the criteria for entry to the PhD will not incur fees and will be funded under the Government's Research Training Scheme (RTS) for the normal duration of the course. International Students incur tuition fees.

For more information please see Higher Degree Research (HDR).

Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and to international students wishing to study in Australia. Information about postgraduate scholarships is available via the UNE HDR Scholarships site.