Bachelor of Science (HONOURS)
We invite you to start your research career with us in the rewarding and challenging field of Oral Health Science (dental science: microbiology, immunology, proteomics and other disciplines as listed below) research.
The Melbourne Dental School’s Honours program is available to graduates with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedicine or equivalent. The School offers a multidisciplinary environment so if you have a major in one of the following disciplines you are encouraged to apply:
Honours students are located in high-tech laboratories at Bio21 and the Melbourne Dental School. Depending on your research project, you could be learning advanced techniques in:
Immunology and vaccine development
For details regarding fees and other information for local students, please visit the local students section of the Future Students website: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/
For details regarding fees and other information for international students, please visit the international students section of the Future Students website: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/international
For details regarding fees and other information for Indigenous students, please visit the Indigenous Students section of the Future Students website: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/indigenous-students
Students enrol in three subjects:
- DENT40002: Oral Health Sciences Research Project = (75) points
- DENT40003: Advances in Oral Health Research = 12.5 points
- BIOM40001: Introduction to Biomedical Research = 12.5 points
These three subjects provide the 100 points required for the Honours year.
DENT40002: Oral Health Sciences Research Project (75pts)
Students conduct an original research project under the supervision of one or two of our research staff.
Current areas of major research activity within the School include the molecular biology of oral diseases and microbial pathogens, the cell biology and development of oral tissues, dental epidemiology, and the evaluation and development of novel dental restorative materials.
- Students prepare a report (thesis) of approximately 10,000 words worth 80% by the end of the year.
- Two oral presentations each of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes question time duration, each worth 10%.
DENT40003: Advances in Oral Health Research (12.5pts)
Format: 25 contact hours based on attendance at Research Design Course and Seminars Assessment requirements:
- Assignment 1 – a literature review, no more than 3000 words, based on advances in oral health science = 50%.
- Assignment 2 – scientific critique of a selected journal article, no more than 3000 words = 50%.
- Seminars on selected topics of advanced oral biology;
- Lectures or workshops on the critical analysis of a scientific paper, library resources, research design and writing and communication skills;
- Participation in the School's (monthly) and Research Unit's (weekly) research seminars;
- An oral presentation of the aims and methods of the research project during the period, and a seminar to the School on the research project at the end of the period.
BIOM40001: Introduction to Biomedical Research (12.5pts)
Format: 25 contact hours based on attendance at Introduction to Biomedical Research Course delivered by MDHS Faculty. Assessment requirements:
- Two written assignments (each not exceeding 3000 words, or equivalent) each worth 50%.
Students enrolled in Honours need to obtain a minimum of 65% for both the Research Project subject and the Advanced Coursework subject to pass the year.
Honours research projects are currently offered within the following research groups:
- Oral Biology Section
- Oral Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery Section
- Restorative Dentistry
The Melbourne Dental School is a participant in the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre. Through this relationship, high-achieving third year undergraduate students will be considered for scholarship support to assist with their honours studies. The Oral Health CRC offers a number of Honours Scholarships of $5000 to be awarded on the basis of academic merit. Honours Scholarship Application Form (PDF 35kb).
Summer Research Projects and Scholarhips
- Oral Health CRC Research
- About Summer Research Projects & Scholarships(PDF 92KB)
- Summer Scholarship Application Form(PDF 99KB)
Step 1: Please submit this form to Brenda Jackson
Expression of interest: honours research project 2014
Step 2: Go to the online form at this link to submit your application
Submit an application for honours
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15 November 2013
For entry requirements please see http://sc.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/entry-requirements
This is a full-time course over one year commencing on Monday 10th February 2014. There is a mid-year intake. The University semester dates for 2014 are at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/unisec/PDates/acadcale.html#2014