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Honours in medical sciences

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Honours in medical sciences is available across eight disciplines and several of our clinical networks.

Honours in medical sciences

Hear from our students on why you should study an honours in medical sciences at the University of Sydney

Students will be part of a multidisciplinary medical and health research environment within the School of Medical Sciences. Projects are available across a wide range of locations including the Camperdown and Westmead campuses, but also through the numerous affiliated medical research institutes and hospitals.

How is the program structured?

The one-year honours program includes a 36-credit point research project giving students access to the latest biomedical technologies, and the chance to work on real world medical problems and contribute to improved health outcomes.

The redesigned curriculum includes two 6-credit point coursework units.

  • The first will provide the opportunity to learn theoretical and practical aspects of cutting-edge research techniques. 
  • The second will encourage critical appraisal of published scientific literature and develop outstanding scientific communication skills.

What can I study?

Honours in medical sciences is available in ten discipline areas:

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Infectious Diseases  
  • Immunology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Who can apply?

There are two pathways to study honours in medical sciences:

  • Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours): To be eligible, you must have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) including a double major and OLE requirements from the University of Sydney, or hold equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution, and met other admission requirements.
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours): To be eligible, you must have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney, and met other admission requirements. 

How to apply

To apply for honours in medical sciences you will need to:

  1. Find a project and a supervisor willing to take you on. Search available projects here.
  2. Complete and submit an expression of interest form. Download the form here (PDF 300.1 KB). 
  3. Submit a formal application to the appropriate course. Please refer to the list of courses above.

Please check the course pages for detailed information on admissions requirements and how to apply.

To view a full list of honours projects in medical sciences offered by our researchers please visit our online project database.

Honours in Medical Sciences

An overview of what to expect at Sydney.

Where can I undertake my honours project?

Camperdown campus:
The Camperdown campus is centrally located in Sydney near several major hospitals, including Royal Prince Alfred and many world-leading research centres.

  • Brain and Mind Centre
  • Charles Perkins Centre
  • Centenary Institute
  • Heart Research Institute
  • Medical Foundation Building
  • Molecular Bioscience Building (G08)

Westmead campus: 
The Westmead Health Precinct is the largest health precinct in the Sothern Hemisphere and consists of:

  • Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • City West Specialist Day Hospital
  • Cumberland Psychiatric Hospital
  • Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research / Pathology West (the largest pathology and diagnostics service in NSW)
  • Kids Research (part of Sydney Children's Hospital Network)
  • Westmead Centre for Oral Health and its associated Institute of Dental Research
  • Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Westmead Private Hospital

Other locations:

  • ANZAC Research Institute, located at Concord General Repatriation Hospital
  • Kolling Research Institute, located at The Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Save Sight Institute, located at Sydney Eye Hospital

Get in touch

General administrative enquiries:

Admissions & Enrolments coordinators in each Hons area:
Dr. Carol Dobson-Stone - ANAT, CELL, MCHM, NEUR, PCOL

A/Prof. Barry Slobedman - IMMU, INFD, PATH, PHSI

Dr. Najla Nasr – AMED


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