• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Medicine, Health
  • Specialisation code HLMD-HSPC

The Health and Medicine Honours specialisation is intended for students interested in undertaking an independent research project related to health and/or medicine. Students undertaking the Health and Medicine specialisation would normally be expected to have an academic background that is sufficient to understand the theory and aims of the proposed research project. Generally this would be evidenced by an undergraduate degree in health science, social science, medical science or completion of a major in a cognate discipline.

The Honours specialisation is usually taken full time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training, in-depth analysis of current concepts in the field as well as a substantial research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours is a solid foundation in the basics of research and can be an entry into many careers or a pathway to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic to generate new knowledge.

  2. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence and draw appropriate conclusions.

  3. Analyse and interpret original research data with statistical or other evaluative processes where appropriate.

  4. Demonstrate sufficient mastery to understand and apply relevant experimental, theoretical or modelling techniques and methods to collect original research data.

  5. Communicate and justify complex concepts and results clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences.

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Admission Requirements

Satisfaction of the admission requirements described in the relevant honours plan with.

  1. A Bachelor degree with a major or equivalent in a cognate discipline 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 the discipline, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
  2. And with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project.

Cognate Disciplines

Population Health, Health Science, Health Promotion, Psychology, Medicine, Allied Health disciplines, (Bio)Medical Science, Anthropology, Indigenous studies, Sociology, Demography.


This honours specialisation requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

48 units from completion of HLTH4001 Health and Medicine Honours, which must be undertaken more than once, in consecutive semesters.

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