The School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy encourages all students to look beyond the "standard" undergraduate experience.

Beyond the undergraduate

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is a research intensive school, and as such we encourage all students to look beyond the "standard" undergraduate experience.

Pharmacy placementFor students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, they have the option of applying to undertake a School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Scholarship over the summer break.

Or an Honours year in Biomedical Sciences will provide you with a number of generic educational skills that will be of life long value regardless of your ultimate career path. At the most basic level you should develop attitudes and fundamental skills relevant to problem solving, self-learning and team work that will be highly valued in the workplace and the broader community.

After completing an Australian Honours Degree (or equivalent) consider the option of a Masters or PhD in Biomedical Science. 

Check out what our current students are researching

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Biomedical Science have the option of applying to undertake a School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Scholarship over the summer break.

The School supports summer scholarships over 8 weeks. Students studying biomedical science are eligible and we encourage all students interested in research to apply. Academic merit will still be a selection criteria. If you have an academic you would like to work with in the their research laboratory over summer please liaise with them directly to them to discuss a project. Do not put their name down in the application if you have not first contacted them.

Please be aware that a number of researchers who do not normally teach into the biomedical science degree are usually eager to take students. Learn more about our staff here.

Applicants are to apply online.

Introduction

Welcome to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours). I am sure that you will find it an interesting and stimulating program and one which will provide a very different experience from that which you have had so far in your studies.

Purpose

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honours is essentially a research training degree. The primary purpose of the Honours year is for the student to develop a new testable hypothesis after reviewing the literature, design appropriate experiments, collect, and critically evaluate the generated data, and communicate the data to others. Students should note that it is an essential component of the Honours year that they critically analyse and present their own data.

Aims

An Honours year in biomedical sciences will provide you with a number of generic educational skills that will be of life long value regardless of your ultimate career path. At the most basic level you should develop attitudes and fundamental skills relevant to problem solving, self-learning and team work that will be highly valued in the workplace and the broader community. In more specific terms you should learn:

  1. How to retrieve information of various kinds using electronic media.
  2. How to critically evaluate the information received to develop an understanding of the background and the current status of a particular field.
  3. How to use this information and your own insights to create hypotheses that can be tested experimentally.
  4. How to design statistically valid experiments to test a given hypothesis.
  5. The wide and exciting range of technologies that are currently available to address medical problems.
  6. How to assimilate data and draw conclusions
  7. How to present your results in written and oral form.

The development of these skills will be assessed by a number of indicators including a review in which you critically examine the literature that is relevant to your thesis work and a thesis summarizing the work you have done through the year. Your ability to present and discuss your work with others will be assessed through a presentation outlining your Honours proposal, a thesis review and an end of year seminar outlining your results and the conclusions that you drew from those results.

For further information, please contact Dr Doug Smith.

List of 2014 Honours Projects

Our School has a large number of RhD students engaged in a wide variety of research projects. There is a mix of both domestic and international students, funded by various scholarship opportunities including APAs.

If you are looking to do your PhD at Newcastle in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy we have a number of PhD projects currently available. Scholarships would most likely suit someone who has, or is expected to obtain a Honours Class 1 degree.

Find out more about Research Higher Degrees and available scholarships.

For further information, please contact A/Prof Derek Laver or A/Prof Lisa Wood.

These scholarships for graduates of selected Polytechnics were established in 2013 to provide an opportunity for high achieving biomedical science graduates to undertake up to a further two years of study in Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle.

More information and application form (PDF, 202 KB)