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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Students commencing the following Honours subject areas in Semester 1, 2021 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for these course components.

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Theatre and Performance Studies

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this honours subject area

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) is an additional year of intensive study that high achieving students may undertake after completing an undergraduate degree.

This course extends your prior studies, deepening your expertise in your chosen field and enabling you to pursue further research, such as a PhD.

This course will replace the ‘appended honours’ pathway for many of our undergraduate degrees, and is available to students who have completed an eligible bachelor’s degree at the University of Sydney or another university. It is also available to students enrolled in a combined professional/liberal studies degree at the University of Sydney who wish to undertake honours under the liberal studies component of their degree.

In this course, you will learn vital research skills and extend your knowledge and critical thinking skills by undertaking an independent research project under academic supervision and through challenging honours coursework. This course can prepare you for a higher degree by research, such as a master’s by research degree or a PhD, and equip you with attributes for a range of careers.

Alternatively, if you wish to develop your skills in collaborative problem-solving and inquiry, you may wish to opt for the advanced coursework pathway of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Please visit the Bachelor of Advanced Studies Coursework page for more information.

While this course is our new standard honours offering, in some circumstances students may still be able to complete the traditional honours course.

Some different scenarios are described below:

  • Transferring and returning students wishing to complete Honours from 2020 onwards, will need to enrol in the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)
  • A student who commenced their liberal studies bachelor’s degree, (for example Bachelor of Science) in 2017 or prior, and continued their studies in their existing curriculum, may enrol in the traditional appended honours year
  • A student who commenced their liberal studies bachelor degree in 2018, (for example Bachelor of Arts), who wants to apply for honours in 2021 will need to complete their honours through the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours).  

Subject areas
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Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

You can apply online via the student 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.

Applications open:
Semester 1 – open on 30th August of previous year
Semester 2 – open on 31st January of the same year

Standard closing dates:

  • Semester 1 entry applications must be submitted by 31 January 
  • Semester 2 entry applications must be submitted by 30 June
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    Starting date

    Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

    You can apply online via the student 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.

    All applicants must upload:

    • Evidence of contact with the relevant School

    External applicants must also upload:

    • Official academic transcripts (certified)
    • Proof of identity and citizenship status (certified)

    Standard closing dates:

     

  • Semester 1 entry closing date = 31 January 
  • Semester 2 entry closing date = 30 June
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    Starting date

    Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

    What you'll study

    The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) is an additional year of study that high achieving students may undertake after completing an undergraduate degree. 

    If you choose to pursue the honours component, you will undertake:

    • honours units of study (4000-level or above)
    • supervised but independent research honours project.

    It will vary depending on the discipline you choose.

    Through an honours component you will learn vital research skils and open the pathway to a higher degree by research, such as a master's by research or a PhD and equip you with attributes for a range of careers.

    Under the guidance and mentorship of an academic supervisor, you'll select a thesis topic and identify your method of research. This prepares you to write your thesis so that it makes an argument based on rigorous study and empirical assessment.  

    Units of Study

    Sample study plan


    Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

    Year Sem  Units of study 
    1 1 Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Coursework unit
      2 Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Coursework unit

     

     

    Admission requirement

    Admission to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) requires:

    1. completion of a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution in time to commence honours in the semester for which entry is sought;
    2. completion of two majors or study deemed by the supervising faculty to be of comparable depth, of which at least one major is cognate to the honours area for which entry is sought;
    3. a final Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65.00*; and
    4. demonstrated evidence of contact with the relevant School, such as email correspondence with a prospective research supervisor a School Honours Coordinator, School Honours EOI form signed-off by School Honours Coordinator, or digital receipt of School Honours application form.

    *Please note that, in some faculties, schools and disciplines, the minimum WAM requirement is higher than 65.00, particularly where entry is very competitive.

    Further information

    If you have any questions above the information listed above or want to know more about you eligibility based on your qualifications, please contact the relevant Honours Coordinators, who can be found at the locations linked below:

    Please note: Willingness of a member of academic staff to act as your research supervisor does not guarantee entry. All other standard admission requirements must be met.

     

    Future study options

    Career pathways

    • A pathway to a PhD.
    • An honours year is an investment in your future career opportunities, and allows students to develop a wide range of additional skills that are highly prized by employers.
    • Honours graduates are recognised as possessing levels of knowledge and skill well beyond those obtained by pass degree graduates.
    • The honours year provides you with an opportunity to upskill in the areas of research, analytics and problem solving, communication and presentation.
    • As an honours student, you stand out to an employer as having exceptional ability relevant to a variety of careers.

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