Requirements for entry into Honours in Physics
For entry to Honours year in physics, all requirements for a completed an undergraduate degree with a major in Physics must be satisfied. Furthermore, for normal entry into Honours a credit (65) average across Senior Physics, as well as a SciWAM of at least 65 or above is necessary.
Before applying, all prospective Honours students are required to identify an Honours Project in an area in which they wish to pursue their research and to communicate with a prospective Honours Supervisor.
Written agreement that the supervisor is willing to direct your research project is required.
External applicants (from outside University of Sydney or overseas) will have their academic records translated onto an equivalent scale.
For more information aout Honours visit the Faculty of Science site.
Half of the total marks available are allocated to coursework and half to the research project. The mark for the research project is obtained by combining the mark given by the student's own research group, a mark based on the assessment of the report by external examiners from other research areas in the School of Physics, and a mark for the talk which counts 10% to the project mark.
Honours is awarded at five distinct levels: First Class Honours with medal; First Class Honours; Second Class Honours, first division; Second Class Honours, second division; and Third Class Honours. Exceptional performance is required for award of a medal. The other honours grades are awarded based on the student's total mark in the honours year; first and second class honours are also subject to conjunctive grading, i.e. a certain minimum mark must be met in both the coursework and research project components.
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