Honours projects

The CCRC offers a range of opportunities for talented students to complete stimulating and challenging research projects at honours level, many of which would be an ideal stepping stone into ongoing postgraduate research.

Honours year projects at the CCRC would be of most interest to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Advanced Science Program, or those completing a Bachelor of Science with a consistently strong academic record and a minimum credit average at level III in relevant courses; in most cases this means having a solid background in maths and physics. Students from other backgrounds are welcome to discuss their options with CCRC staff on a case by case basis. In all instances, please refer to the program rules and eligibility requirements for your particular degree, and seek advice from your School Office or the Science Student Centre before enrolling in CLIM4000 (24UOC per semester).

Candidates with a credit average in the UNSW advanced or science program will be viewed favourably for an honours degree with CCRC.

An honours degree with CCRC is also possible for candidates with an equivalent three-year undergraduate degree from any faculty at UNSW or another Australian or New Zealand university.
When selecting an honours project, take into consideration your disciplinary background and future plans for study and work.

To ensure the project fits with UNSW semesters, make contact with supervisors either around October (for an S1 start the following year), or January (for an S2 start in the same year).

You can audit courses at UNSW in subject areas that cover gaps in your knowledge or develop skills required in your honours project. Many courses only run over one semester, so you need to think ahead.

Go to the CCRC Academic Staff page for details honours supervisors. This information is not an exhaustive list, so if you are interested in a topic of study in climate science that isn’t specifically mentioned below, please feel free to contact the member of academic staff whose expertise is most closely aligned to your area of interest to see whether your proposed topic is viable and can be accommodated.


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