Honours Degrees in Chemistry
Why do an Honours year?
Is Honours worth the extra year? For many students the answer is certainly "YES!".
Many potential employers in industry and in the public sector would hire a good Honours graduate in preference to a student with a pass degree. The added maturity and independence gained from the extra year of study can be invaluable. As part of the honours year, you gain experience in project management and formal reporting.
If you are contemplating postgraduate study (a Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree), then an Honours degree is essential.
Your Honours project gives you "hands-on" experience in tackling your own project in collaboration with a member of staff in the School, and you get the satisfaction of completing your own unique piece of research. You will have the opportunity to develop independence and time-management skills.
Finally, the Honours year allows you to work closely with all of the staff and students in the School, and allows you to see the behind the scenes operation and human side of a large professional organisation.
Why should I do Honours in Chemistry at the University of New South Wales?
Staff of the School of Chemistry carry out leading edge research across all areas of contemporary chemistry. Our research includes structural chemistry, advanced materials research, catalysis, interfacial chemistry, and biological applications, encompassing many aspects of synthesis and analysis. For further information visit our research pages or download the School of Chemistry Research Book (PDF format, 5 MB) to see specific honours research projects.
Your Honours degree will not only allow you to carry out a research project in collaboration with one of the members of staff in the School, but it will also provide you with access to some of the best research facilities and instrumentation that the country has to offer. Honours at UNSW enables you to blend research and coursework in a professional yet friendly environment. As a participant in the Honours Programme you will experience the perfect rounding out of your undergraduate degree.
Students who have completed pass degree requirements at a University other than UNSW, or who have already graduated with a pass degree from UNSW or elsewhere, may be eligible to undertake an Honours year in the School of Chemistry. Please contact the Honours Coordinator for details.
Honours Programs in the School of Chemistry
The School of Chemistry offers Honours programs that are suitable for students enrolled in Science (program 3970): Honours in Chemical Science, and Advanced Science (program 3972): Honours in Advanced Chemistry.
More details about the honours year (for all undergraduate programs) are detailed in the School of Chemistry Research Booklet (PDF format, 5 MB). This booklet contains details of eligibility requirements and how to apply - see page 59.