The Department offers 4th year Honours projects in a range of research areas including: molecular pharmacology, cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, venoms and toxins, and novel imaging techniques for early diagnosis.
Skills acquired from Honours courses
Greater knowledge of pharmacology, an appreciation of all aspects of research design and methodology, technical expertise in a research discipline, critical thinking, public speaking, technical report writing, ability to work independently as well as in a team.
- for BSc Hons students leading to BSc (Hons)
- for B Behav Neurosci Hons students leading to BBNSc (Hons)
This course is run at a departmental level
- BMS 4000 for B Biomed Sci Hons students majoring in Pharmacology
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences-based course with core-based components but the major research component is run at a departmental level
All Honours courses administered through Pharmacology consists of the following components
- a major research project, which includes two research seminars, a thesis and its defence
- advanced tutorials on pharmacological techniques, as well as scientific writing and expression
- service courses, including biostatistics
- a seminar (review) on an independent topic
- two written examinations (paper critiques)
Places are offered on the basis of academic merit in third year Pharmacology subjects or related biomedical subjects. Students require at least a 70% average in 24 points of 3rd year subjects in the area of study in which they wish to complete Honours (e.g. at least 18 points in pharmacology for B.Sc. & BBNSc students, while B.Biomed.Sci. students require at least 12 points of BMS core subjects). It is advisable that all prospective students seek advice on eligibility criteria.
External students who have completed equivalent pharmacology-related subjects are also invited to apply, subject to approval of eligibility by Monash University. Final numbers of students depends on availability of space and supervisors.
Deadlines and administrative requirements
Each honours course has its own procedural requirements and deadlines for applying for an honours place. Therefore, it is advisable to check relevant Faculty websites and begin looking at potential research projects/supervisors before the end of second semester. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of prospective students to have consulted and selected a supervisor and project by early December. However, for each course, there is usually an ‘expression of interest’ or application form which needs to be completed and returned by the end of October in the preceding year. Check with honours convenor.
Students interested in joining our Honours programs should contact the convenors:
Dr Barbara Kemp-Harper, email email@example.com or A/Professor Grant Drummond, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Pharmacology, Medical Block 13E
Telephone: +61 3 9905 4674 or 9905 4869