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Bachelor of Science (Honours)

BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Course overview

Award abbreviation
BSc (Hons)
Course code
current / 2021
Administered by
Faculty of Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Course details

Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
196 points comprising 32 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees(UG) and Schedule 2: Fees(PG)'. (Enquiries:
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Delivery mode
Standard full-time completion
4 years
Standard part-time completion
8 years (maximum 12 years)
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.



1. These rules are the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Honours) Course Rules.

Terms Used

2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduare degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

English Language competency requirements

5. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have a Bachelors Degree with relevant undergraduate major, or equivalent as recognised by UWA. Selection based on WAM potentially calculated on Level 3 units only will apply.

Admission ranking and selection

7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Transfer Requirements

8. Course transfers are not permitted in this course.

Course structure

9.(1) The Bachelor of Science (Honours) consists of 48 credit points, including:

(a) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) at Level 4 and/or Level 5; and

(b) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) of Dissertation or equivalent units at Level 4 and/or Level 5; and

(c) at least 12 credit points (normally 2 units) of the 48 credit points are undertaken at Level 4.

(2) Students must select an honours specialisation from the following:

(1) HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science

(2) HON-ANHBY Anatomy and Human Biology

(3) HON-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

(4) HON-BOTNY Botany

(5) HON-CHEMS Chemistry

(6) HON-CMSSE Computer Science and Software Engineering

(7) HON-CONBI Conservation Biology

(8) HON-ENGSC Engineering Science

(9) HON-ENVSC Environmental Science

(10) HON-GENET Genetics

(11) HON-GGRPY Geographical Science

(12) HON-GEOGY Geology

(13) HON-MARSC Marine Science

(14) HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics

(15) HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management

(16) HON-NEURS Neuroscience

(17) HON-PHYSC Physics

(18) HON-PHYGY Physiology

(19) HON-PSYCH Psychology

(20) HON-SCCOM Science Communication

(21) HON-ZOOLY Zoology

(22) HON-SSCEH Sport Science, Exercise and Health

(23) HON-BTECH Biotechnology

(24) HON-BIOMS Medical Research

Satisfactory progress

10.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in any one or more of the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.

Progress status

11.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances —

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1).

Final honours classification

The final honours classification is awarded in accordance with the University Policy on: Assessment.