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Honours in medical sciences

Become a part of the future of health
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.

Find out more information about the program here

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 three pathways to study honours in medical sciences:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours): To be eligible, you must have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent (including the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science)) from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution.
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours): To be eligible, you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree from the University of Sydney. In addition, you must have completed two majors and one of those majors needs to be the field that you’re applying for Honours. (ie – to apply for Honours in Physiology, one of the majors you have completed needs to be in Physiology)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours): To be eligible, you must have qualified for, or be a graduate with, a Bachelor of Medical Science degree from the University of Sydney.

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. Have the supervisor complete the Supervisor Acceptance Form. Download the form here.

3. Submit an Expression of Interest form, using the Supervisor Acceptance Form as evidence of acceptance by your prospective supervisor(s).  The Expression of Interest forms can be found here:

         a.  Internal Applicants (current and prior University of Sydney students)

        b.  External Applicants (students attending a university other than University of Sydney)

4.  Submit a formal application to the appropriate course.  Please refer to the list of courses above.

The timeline for applications and enrolment into Honours is as follows:

15 December 2022 SoMS deadline for Expressions of Interest

15 January 2023 - Bachelor of Science (Hons) – Internal and external students

31 January 2023 - Bachelor of Advanced studies (Honours) – Internal already enrolled in 4-year Bachelor of Advanced studies degree

Deadline to apply for admission to Honours
December 2022 – 13 February 2023 Enrolment
13 February 2023 Intensive March (S1CIMR) – last day to add SOMS4101

Once you receive your offer, you must enrol in the correct units.

Semester One Enrolments should be: Semester Two Enrolments should be:
SOMS4101 SOMS4102
SOMS4103 SOMS4106
SOMS4104 SOMS4107
SOMS4105 SOMS4108

The timeline for starting Honours is as follows:

1 February 2023 You may commence your research project, but only if you have completed your enrolment and are therefore insured to attend University
13 February 2023 SOMS4101 Research Skills for Medical Sciences (Intensive March) commences – there will be summative assessments starting from 14 February 2023
13 February 2023 – 14 March 2023 SOMS4101 teaching dates
15 March 2023 Research project commences for all

SoMS Honours Contacts

Dr Paul Austin

SoMS Honours Lead

Dr Najla Nasr

SOMS4101 Coordinator

A/Prof Elizabeth Clarke Applied Medical Sciences (AMED)

Dr Carol Dobson-Stone

Anatomy and Histology (ANAT)
Cell and Developmental Biology (CELL)
Medicinal Chemistry (MCHM)
Neuroscience (NEUR)
Pharmacology (PCOL)

Dr Mark Larance

Immunology (IMMU)
Infectious Diseases (INFD)
Pathology (PATH)
Physiology (PHSI)

General Admin queries


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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