Honours information

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is home to a variety of honours projects across its four science focuses - Marine, Earth, Plant and Environmental. Completing honours work can be challenging but is a rewarding way to begin your career.

Admission criteria

If you are working towards your honours degree, you need to maintain a grade point average of a Credit or its equivalent, preferably have a distinction for your integrated project, can demonstrate improved academic performance or have professional experience in the area you wish to research.

Study mode and commencement dates

Whether you choose to study your Honours full-time or part-time there are three commencement dates - the start of session 1, 2 and 3.

If you have any further questions you can contact the Honours Program Coordinator.

How to apply

  1. Download and read the latest 2020 Honours Handbook
  2. Decide what area of interest you would like to study. Be inspired by our honours students, review the available honours projects and then find out which academic staff member may be qualified to supervise you
  3. Complete a Supervisor Agreement form to submit with your application
  4. Apply online through your chosen honours course.

Current Scholarships

The School of Environment, Science and Engineering currently offers scholarships for students interested in working on the following honours projects:

Honours projects

Marine invertebrates

Marine productivity

Marine sustainability

Marine mammals

Coral reefs

Marine chemistry

Fisheries and aquaculture

Nutrient cycling



Vegetated aquatic systems

Metals and toxicology

Plant genetics

  • Unravelling the genetic control of traits of interest in commercial passionfruit - Dr Peter Bundock
  • Restoration genetics of rainforest plant species of the Big Scrub - Dr Peter Bundock

Medicinal plant chemistry


Plant biochemistry

Plant nutrition

Ecology and Environmental Management


Geology and geography

Society, culture and education

Carbon and climate

Environmental polymers and plastics

  • Antibacterial polymer surfaces - Dr Lachlan Yee
  • Environmentally sustainable, responsible or biodegradable materials - Dr Lachlan Yee
  • Assessing microplastic contamination in estuarine sediments - Dr Debra Stokes

Spatial sciences

Regional and urban planning

Environmental economics

Environmental engineering and waste management

Contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering

Assistant to Dean

T: +61 7 5589 3449

E: lesley.mccann@scu.edu.au

National Marine Science Centre

T: +61 2 6659 8100

E: nmsc@scu.edu.au