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Overview

The information on this page relates to an Honours pathway available to current University of Sydney students enrolled in the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree who are completing the requirements of the Media and Communications program.

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree.

Honours can be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities, as well as analytical and communication techniques, and helps you to develop your interpersonal and professional skills.

During the Honours year you will attend seminar classes and work closely under the supervision of an academic staff member, an expert in the field of your research, to be challenged to think critically and bring your theoretical knowledge and practical experiences to bear on an independent research project, culminating in the submission of a major thesis.

The year also includes an internship, offering you a meaningful opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the media landscape within a professional organisation, and build valuable industry contacts before graduation.

These internships are dependent on your own ambitions and are available across an extensive range of areas, including national and international news organisations, public relations and advertising agencies, national television and radio outlets, and major print and online media.

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How to apply

For the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) (Honours) degree, apply directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Entry is open to University of Sydney students who have completed requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws only. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours (and the faculty page for specific information). When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply' button on the right-hand side of this page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 30 November of the preceding year

Semester 2 - There is no semester 2 intake for this course

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 (March) only

For the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) (Honours) degree, apply directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Entry is open to University of Sydney students who have completed requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws only. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours (and the faculty page for specific information). When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply' button on the right-hand side of this page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 30 November of the preceding year

Semester 2 - There is no semester 2 intake for this course

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 (March) only

What you'll study

The Media and Communications honours year is a preparation for postgraduate study. Honours can be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities, as well as analytical and communication techniques, and helps you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to see a research project through to completion.

Honours can also be the first step on a path to a career as an academic or professional researcher. The honours year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research, as well as an internship.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Applications are open to University of Sydney students, who as part of the Bachelor of Arts component of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, have completed a major in Media Studies, and such units as prescribed by the Department of Media and Communications to commence Honours component in the subject area of Media and Communications.  Admission to Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) (Honours) requires the completion of the Bachelor of Arts component of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, including a major in Media Studies, and such units as prescribed by the Department of Media and Communications, with an average of 70% or above, including:

  • 24 credit points of 1000-level major and program core units
  • 24 credit points of 2000-level major and program core units
  • 18 credit points of 3000-level major and program core units
  • 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project unit

The application process for Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) is through Sydney Student.

Potential Honours students must also consult with the Honours Coordinator before making their application through Sydney Student. All students interested in applying for Honours must make an appointment to speak with the Honours Coordinator as early as possible and definitely before the end of October in the year prior to their intended enrolment. It is in the student's interest to have a reasonably well-developed idea of what his or her area of research will be so that an appropriate Supervisor can be arranged. Students may wish to refer to the Academic Staff list to gain an understanding of the research strengths and interests of the department. Students should not confine their attention to academics who have taught them before, and should not hesitate to seek advice from the Honours Coordinator about possible supervisors.

All students applying for Honours must submit a research proposal to the Honours Coordinator via email (Word doc attachment) by the end of November in the year prior to their planned enrolment. 

Capstone (compulsory project)

Admission requirement

To qualify for admission to Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) (Honours), students need to have completed requirements for the award of Bachelor of Arts component of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws with a major in Media Studies, and such units as prescribed by the Department of Media and Communications to commence Honours in the subject area of Media and Communications with an average of 70% or above.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

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