UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH COURSES

Honours year of Bachelor of Medical Science: BMedSc(Hons)

After completion of the requirements for a pass BMedSc (or formerly, BSc), a good student who has majored in Physiology may be permitted to undertake a fourth, or 'Honours', year. In some cases students having completed undergraduate training in subjects other than those offered by the Department of Physiology, but deemed suited to particular research programs may also be admitted. Fourth year work consists mainly of a research project carried out in the laboratory of a member of the Academic Staff, who acts as the student's supervisor. Early in the course the student is required to write an extended essay based on the subject of his research project and throughout the year to participate in a weekly seminar. Examination is mainly by thesis, but also by the student's performance in the laboratory and in the end-of-year public seminar. Opportunities exist to gain teaching experience by casual employment as a demonstrator in undergraduate practical classes. After the Honours year the student may be allowed to undertake a PhD or MSc.

Graduate Diploma in Science: GradDipSc

Students with a pass degree from another institution may be admitted to a program essentially identical to that of the BSc(Hons) and obtain the diploma upon successful completion of this one year program.

Bachelor of Science in Medicine (Honours): BSc(Med)(Hons)

The degree of BSc(Med)(Hons) is undertaken by medical students interested in research, after completion of the third year of their normal undergraduate course. The degree takes one year to complete and the student then normally returns to the fourth year of the medical course. Subsequent enrolment for the degrees of MSc or PhD is possible. Like the BSc(Hons), the course involves undertaking a research project supervised by a member of the academic staff. Opportunities for paid practical class demonstrating are often available and a limited number of John Waite Scholarships are offered by the Faculty of Medicine. Based on experience since 1950, it seems that about half of such students end up eventually in full-time clinical practice, about 10% in hospital laboratory practice and about 40% in full-time academic or research posts.

Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (Honours): BSc(Dent)(Hons)

The degree of BScDent(Hons) may be undertaken by dental undergraduates interested in research, after completion of the third or fourth year of their normal undergraduate course, or by those who have qualified for the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery. The degree takes one year to complete and the student then normally returns to the fourth or fifth year of the dental course. Subsequent enrolment for the degrees of MSc or PhD is possible. Like the BSc(Hons), the course involves undertaking a research project supervised by a member of the academic staff. Opportunities for practical class demonstrating may be available.

Academic having general administrative responsibility for 'honours' students: Dr Davey (from 1991)