• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Specialisation code SCOM-HSPC

The Honours Specialisation in Science Communication is a unique opportunity to investigate how an aspect of science that you are passionate about:

  • Has been communicated in the public arena.
  • Might be communicated better.
  • Is affected by such things as government policy and community opinion.

The kinds of projects that are possible are limited only by your imagination and your interests. The very best projects come from original ideas, initiated by enthusiastic people who are interested in some aspect of science and in how it is communicated.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Planand engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluationof a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these toappropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevantinformation sources
  4. Analyseand interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluativeprocesses where appropriate
  5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection andevaluation of data and other resources
  6. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

Other Information

For more information on Honours year in Science, please visit:


For more information on how to apply for Honours in Science include deadlines, please visit:


Back to the top

Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan:

  • with at least 24 units in science communication or related to the proposed research area including at least 12 x 3000-level units or equivalent
  • with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in science communication and/or contributing towards the proposed research area, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
  • And with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project.

Cognate Disciplines

Not applicable


The Science Communication Honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

36 units from completion of SCOM4005 Thesis and Seminar in Science Communication, which must be undertaken more than once, in consecutive semesters 


12 units from completion of the following courses:

SCOM4014 Communicating Science with the Public (6 units)

SCOM4019 Research Methods in Science Communication (6 units)


HONS4602 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero.

Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions