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The program can be completed over one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Courses are offered on a semester basis, i.e. two semesters per year. The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is offered at Callaghan and Ourimbah Campuses.

Please note that specialisations are not available at both campuses.

The specialisations of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Science, Forensic Science, Geography and Environmental Studies, Photonics, Physics and Psychology are available to students at the Callaghan campus.

The Marine Science and Sustainable Resource Management specialisations are available at the Ourimbah campus only.

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence in Psychology is not available for students who commenced the Bachelor of Science program from 2012. Any students who commenced prior to 2012 and who are studying the accredited sequence in Psychology, please review the Transition Arrangements section.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Science or an equivalent program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from:

  • Across the entire degree program; or
  • Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if the degree program includes such a major; or
  • Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
  • Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).

In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro-Vice Chancellor.

No more than two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.


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Additional Selection Criteria:
  • To apply for entry to this Honours program you will need to apply directly to the Faculty of Science and Information Technology.

    You need to download and complete two forms:

    • Direct Admissions Application form; and
    • Faculty of Science and Information Technology Honours Application Form (End-On Honours).

    Application forms and instructions on how to apply are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/student-forms/


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No credit permitted for Honours.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Structure for Model 1 Honours Programs Policy (Policy 000643) at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policylibrary/000643.html


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/index.html


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The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Students seeking to complete the Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a specialisation in Psychology, must have completed:

  • A Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from the University of Newcastle; plus
  • PSYC1010 and PSYC1020;
  • 40 units of accredited Psychology at 2000 level, including STAT200;
  • 60 units of accredited Psychology at 3000 level, including PSYC3000.

Note: Applicants who have completed a Psychology major at another institution and wish to undertake further studies in Psychology can consider the Graduate Diploma in Psychology http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/graduate-diploma/psychology.html

Entry to the Honours program in Psychology is limited and competitive. Applicants compete on the basis of their results in their prior APAC accredited 3 year undergraduate degree and students with an overall GPA of 5.5 (in their APAC accredited degree of 240 units) will be granted automatic entry. With respect to other disciplines, and in exceptional circumstances, this requirement may be varied with the approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Students are encouraged to consider joint supervision across specialisations and the disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics. Joint supervision enhances the flexibility of students, opening up additional opportunities where skills in both areas are sought after.


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The Honours program is normally undertaken over one year of full-time study or two years part-time. Students are required to complete 80 units in one specialisation from the list of Approved Courses.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Science program in 2005-2011 (inclusive) and are currently studying the 120 unit Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) approved sequence of courses in Psychology will be able to complete the accredited fourth year courses within the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program, but must complete both the Bachelor of Science program and the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program within a limited number of years. Students should seek independent advice from the School of Psychology, and their Program Officer, regarding accreditation eligibility. An APAC accredited Psychology major will no longer be available to students commencing the Bachelor of Science program from 2012 onwards.


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Back to topBiological Science Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
BIOL4110Biology Honours 4110Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4120Biology Honours 4120Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4210Biology Honours 4210Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
BIOL4220Biology Honours 4220Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topChemistry Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CHEM4110Chemistry Honours 4110Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4120Chemistry Honours 4120Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4210Chemistry Honours 4210Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
CHEM4220Chemistry Honours 4220Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topEarth Science Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
GEOS4410Earth Science Honours 4410Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4420Earth Science Honours 4420Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4430Earth Science Honours 4430Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOS4440Earth Science Honours 4440Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topForensic Science Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
FORS4010Forensic Science Honours 4010Not currently offered20 units
FORS4020Forensic Science Honours 4020Not currently offered20 units
FORS4030Forensic Science Honours 4030Not currently offered20 units
FORS4040Forensic Science Honours 4040Not currently offered20 units
Back to topGeography and Environmental Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
GEOG4001Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4001Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4002Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4002Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4003Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4003Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
GEOG4004Geography and Environmental Studies Honours 4004Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topMarine Science Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
MARI4110Marine Science Honours 4110Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4120Marine Science Honours 4120Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4130Marine Science Honours 4130Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
MARI4140Marine Science Honours 4140Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topPhotonics Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PHYS4310Photonics Honours 4310Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4320Photonics Honours 4320Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4330Photonics Honours 4330Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4340Photonics Honours 4340Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPhysics Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PHYS4110Physics Honours 4110Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4120Physics Honours 4120Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4210Physics Honours 4210Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
PHYS4220Physics Honours 4220Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topPsychology Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PSYC4000Advanced MethodologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4100Critical Issues and Controversies in PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4201Psychological Assessment & Introduction to CounsellingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PSYC4800Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic

Must be taken with PSYC4802A and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802APsychology Honours Thesis Part A

Must be taken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802B in the same Academic year.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4802BPsychology Honours Thesis Part B

Must be taken with PSYC4800 and PSYC4802A in the same Academic year.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from Directed courses. The course must be in an area of Psychology not covered by the research project.
PSYC4400Advanced Topics in Biological, Cognitive & Developmental PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC4500Advanced Topics in Personality,Social,Clinical & Health PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topSustainable Resource Management Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
SRMT4110Sustainable Resource Management Honours 4110Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4120Sustainable Resource Management Honours 4120Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4130Sustainable Resource Management Honours 4130Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units
SRMT4140Sustainable Resource Management Honours 4140Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
20 units