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Overview

Meritorious students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVB/DVM) at the University of Sydney are eligible to apply for Honours in Veterinary Biology. External students are ineligible.

Students who qualify to undertake Honours in Veterinary Biology must suspend candidature from the BVB/DVM for one year in order to enrol in Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (Honours) on a full-time basis. Part-time enrolment is only permitted in exceptional circumstances with the permission of the Dean of Science (or delegate).

The Honours year is a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study. It's a unique opportunity for you to explore your research potential and put the theory from your undergraduate studies into practice. An Honours qualification is not only well regarded in academia, but also in industry where laboratory experience and a command of scientific thought processes are highly sought after.

The Faculty of Science has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research programs across a wide range of science disciplines. With significant levels of funding from various research councils and bodies and the provision of major research facilities, the Faculty is committed to providing leading education and research training to its students. 

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English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

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Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.

How to apply

To apply for honours, you will need to:

  1. Fulfil any requirements of the School or Discipline prior to lodging an online application at the University. This might include matching projects and available supervisors with students or completing a School or Discipline application form. Please refer to the School or Discipline's website for specific requirements.
  2. Apply online to the University. This will require you to upload relevant documents as outlined below.
  3. If you are applying for Honours in more than one area, you must clearly and precisely list all your areas in order of preference on your online application form.

All applications require the following to be uploaded:

  • Proof of contact with the relevant School or Discipline for each Honours area preferenced in your Honours application must be uploaded. Proof of contact comes in different forms and will vary depending on the School or Discipline. Proof of contact may be in the form of:
    • Email correspondence with the proposed research supervisor or with the Honours coordinator in the relevant School or Discipline. The name of the proposed research supervisor must be clearly stated in the email.
    • A completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form, which you would have lodged directly with the relevant School or Discipline.
    • For Honours in Psychology, a receipt of your School application form. (You will need to apply online for Honours admission directly through the School of Psychology's website. Following completion of the School's online process, you will be issued with a receipt, which you can then upload to your application to the University.)
  • If undertaking joint or double Honours, proof of contact will be required for both Honours areas. A second or third preference will not be assessed if proof of contact is not provided.

External applicants also need to upload:

  • Official Academic Transcript (must be certified)
  • Proof of Identity and Citizenship Status (must be certified)

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. To apply for honours, you will need to:

  1. Fulfil any requirements of the School or Discipline prior to lodging an online application at the University. This might include matching projects and available supervisors with students or completing a School or Discipline application form. Please refer to the School or Discipline's website for specific requirements.
  2. Apply online to the University. This will require you to upload relevant documents as outlined below.
  3. If you are applying for Honours in more than one area, you must clearly and precisely list all your areas in order of preference on your online application form.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 

Admission requirement

1.     Applicants must be current BVB/DVM students at the University of Sydney:

  • All internal students in other degree course are ineligible
  • All external applicants are ineligible.

2.     Applicants must have completed at least 3 years (144cp) of the BVB/DVM:

  • Applicants must be at the end of Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 of the BVB/DVM
  • Any applicants at the end of Year 1 or Year 2 are ineligible
  • Any applicants in the middle of Year 3 are ineligible, i.e. incomplete Year 3.

3.     Applicants must be academically meritorious:

  • Applicants must have a minimum 2/3 WAM of 65.

Please note that satisfying the above admission requirements does not guarantee an offer. Entry is also dependent on the availability of research supervisors and/or suitability of research project. 

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

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