Applying for Honours

You can commence your Honours year either in late January or in July. There are a limited number of Honours places available and there are limits on how many students a supervisor may take. Therefore, it is important to make your decision about Honours early. The application deadline is 15th of December (January start) or 31st of May (July start).

To qualify for Honours in Chemistry you need to have:

  1. Completed your three year undergraduate degree i.e. accrued 144 points i.e. the equivalent of a three year full-time load (four six-point courses per semester)
  2. Completed a Chemistry Major or Biochemistry Major (see exceptions below)
  3. Achieved a minimum average grade of 70% calculated from your six highest marked CHEM2000 and CHEM3000 level courses 
  4. The agreement of a Research School of Chemistry Group Leader to act as your supervisor or co-supervisor.

You may still qualify for Honours in Chemistry even if you only have a Chemistry minor. Chemistry is a multidisciplinary field with researchers at the RSC working in areas that overlap with Engineering, Medicine, Biology, Geology, Materials Science and Astrophysics, to name a few. If you plan to do your Honours in such an area, undergraduate 2000 and 3000 level courses from areas external to Chemistry, but relevant to your research field, can be counted as part of your admission to the Chemistry Honours program. It is also possible for you to be hosted by the RSC but be enrolled in the Honours program of another ANU School i.e. RSB, RSPhys, etc. 

One of your first steps is to identify a supervisor who will be your principal mentor and academic adviser. You should start looking for a supervisor around the beginning of the final semester of your Bachelor Degree. Talk to several academics as their ability to accept you as a student in their laboratory depends on many things – the number of other students they currently supervise/co-supervise and whether they will be available for the whole year.

Once you decide on a project in agreement with a supervisor, if you have discussed projects with other supervisors, please let them know as a courtesy. They need to remain informed as it affects their decision to accept other students.

Additional information:

  1. The Chemistry Honours program starts 1-3 weeks prior to the official start of semester. Future  honours students can contact to confirm the actual start date or request information. All students are expected to complete a mandatory safety induction session before commencing any laboratory work.
  2. Students interested in part-time enrollment should discuss this with the Honours Convener: Nick Cox.
  3. You will automatically be assessed for an RSC Honours Scholarship when applying for admission to the Chemistry Honours program.


How to apply for Honours

To apply for admission to Honours in Chemistry you MUST contact the College of Science. Please visit the Website. 

Your application will be assessed by RSC teaching for approval by the Honours Convener. Following approval you will be provided an enrollment code by RSC teaching.

In addition, you need to contact RSC group leaders you are interested in supervising your Honours project. You must contact at least three group leaders. Contact information is provided in the electronic booklet RSC Supervisors and Honours Projects 2021. This booklet is available to all internal students (ANU). If you are from another university and are interested in applying for an Honours project, please contact the RSC Teaching Administrator for more information. Once you have made a decision you need to complete the online poll found in this Wattle resource. You need to provide three, ranked choices. You can also state which project(s) you are interested in. You can also indicate in your submission interest in a multi-disciplinary project between two research groups. Such projects are encouraged and would involve joint/co-supervision. The poll will remain open until the 15th of December 2020 for full year students and 31st of May 2021 for mid-year students.