• An RMIT honours program provides you with foundation research skills to underpin your future career as a scientist or researcher in the health sciences.

    Specifically, honours students develop :
    communication skills
    critical thinking capability
    experience in scientific analysis and problem solving
    knowledge of research theory and practical methods
    research independence and capacity for self-directed learning
    Research experience gained as part of an honours program is required for most academic and research positions, and increasingly for positions in other sectors of industry.
    In consultation with the program coordinator and your potential supervisor, you will be allocated a project that aims to complement your skills and areas of interest.
    Honours projects
    All projects draw from the wide range of disciplines taught across RMIT’s health sciences programs. Our areas of study work to develop evidence-based interventions for preventing, diagnosing and treating chronic health issues. Our studies use stakeholder engagement to inform healthy lifestyles, improve quality of life and reduce the social and economic burden of chronic diseases.
    Areas of study include:
    Body image, weight management and sexual issue
    Dementia, depression and cognitive impairment in chronic diseases, including people with type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease
    Dietary and environmental influences and molecular mechanisms of fat accumulation and insulin resistance
    Emotional resilience training in children, adolescents and adults
    Epigenetic programming of sensitivity to stress and mood disorders
    Factors during childhood that promote resilience in later life including early life nutrition, developmental delay, chronic illness and childhood exposure to environmental contaminants.
    Health equity for vulnerable populations in Australia and overseas, including indigenous Australians, migrants and refugees, the aged and the mentally ill.
    Hearing loss and tinnitus
    Metabolic disorders and inflammation
    Postural balance, dizziness and chronic neck pain in the elderly
    The role of personal meaning systems in resilience
    Traditional Chinese medicine for respiratory, skin and sleep disorders and cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of obesity and diabetes
    A list of current projects is available from the Honours Coordinator.
    Research community
    This undergraduate degree is closely aligned with RMIT’s research community. Depending on your project, you will work with a supervisor who is actively contributing to RMIT’s research strength area of biomedical and health innovation or is involved in one or more internationally recognised research centres or groups.
    You may also have the opportunity to use RMIT’s extensive facilities and to work collaboratively with professional technicians and staff.

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