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Overview

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design in architecture the opportunity to extend their potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

The honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study. It will allow you to develop a deeper level of academic thought and research in an area of particular interest, identified during your three years of study in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

The award of honours is an avenue by which the best students can be recognised. By its nature, an honours degree carries more weight or prestige than the pass degree. It is highly regarded by employers and other universities.

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How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours and the faculty honours page for specific information. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply' button on the right-hand side of this page. University of Sydney currently enrolled students: Submit a course transfer request via the Sydney Student portal . Check with your faculty for more information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

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) and Semester 2 (August)

Applications are made directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours and the faculty honours page for specific information. When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply' button on the right-hand side of this page. University of Sydney currently enrolled students: Submit a course transfer request via the Sydney Student portal . Check with your faculty for more information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year.

Semester 2 - 30 June 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 apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Design In Architecture (Honours)

Year Sem  Units of study 
1 1 Honours semester one
  2 Honours semester two

Applying for honours

All students who plan to undertake the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) submit an application to the University.

Before applying the student must develop a thesis topic and have an allocated supervisor from the school's academic staff. Students should discuss their proposed research with relevant staff prior to applying for admission to honours. It is also possible to have an Associate Supervisor to share supervision where topics extend beyond the immediate expertise of the Primary Supervisor.

Candidates who are new to the University should contact the school to be put in touch with someone to start the discussions.

Admission requirement

To qualify to enrol in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) candidates should have qualified for the award of the pass degree, or a similar degree from another university that is acceptable to the University, and be a graduate of no more than four years standing. Candidates should have a weighted average mark of at least 70 for the pass degree. Before applying candidates should have an approved thesis topic and supervisor. The supervisor must be from our academic staff. We invite candidates to discuss their plans with a relevant staff member. Candidates who are new to the University should contact the school to be put in touch with someone to start the discussions.

Professional accreditation

Becoming a registered architect will open the world to you as the work of architects is no longer confined by geography. As a graduate, opportunities lie both within Australia and overseas, with a number of our past students having great successes internationally. By engaging with the environment, community and needs of clients and stakeholders, work as an architect can have a profound effect on people's lives around the world.

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (or equivalent), the next step towards becoming a registered architect is the Master of Architecture, a 2-year professional program that prepares you for the complex and challenging architecture profession.

When you graduate from the degree of Master of Architecture, you will be entitled to registration as an architect under the Architects Act 1921 (NSW), subject to obtaining two years of approved practical experience, at least 12 months of which must be subsequent to graduation, and passing an architectural practice examination before registration.

As a student, you are eligible for student membership of the Australian Institute of Architects. Here you will receive each issue of Architecture Australia, the New South Wales chapter Bulletin, and the AIA News. You may also attend Institute functions. Admission to Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Architects is based on two years approved practical experience.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.