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Applying for honours


To complete honours, you will need to complete coursework and a thesis over your honours candidature. As a guide, you can expect to have 10-15 class-hours per week and regular meetings with your thesis supervisor. Success in honours requires a large amount of self-study, particularly in the development and completion of your research thesis. The time you will need to dedicate to your studies will vary, though should not be less than 30 hours per week.

We recommend you consider carefully the implications of attempting outside employment during your honours program, and whether you have the time and flexibility to achieve the best outcome in your coursework and thesis.

When is honours available

All honours commence in Semester 1, there is no mid-year intake. If you’re offered a place in honours, you can’t defer your offer, you will need to reapply the following year.

If you expect to complete your bachelor's degree by studying in the summer break, you will need to apply for honours by the application deadline. We will assess your application based on your results to date, and if eligible you will receive a conditional offer. Once the conditions are met this will convert to an unconditional offer and you’ll be able to enrol.

Fees for honours are the same as for other undergraduate programs studied at the Business School. Find out more about tuition fees. Check the Scholarships page for information about scholarships relating to Business School honours.

Types of honours

If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and commenced your studies in 2018 or later (or transferred to the new curriculum version of your degree in 2018), how you commence honours will depend on how much of your degree you have completed.

  • If you’ve completed 96 credit points or less, we recommend you change to the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies. You will then be able to undertake honours as an additional fourth year and graduate with two bachelor's degrees.
  • If you’ve completed 97-120 credit points and are on track to complete two majors, you have the choice to change to the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies to complete honours or complete your Bachelor of Commerce then apply for the stand-alone Bachelor of Advanced Studies to undertake honours. You will need to apply before your penultimate semester.
  • If you’ve completed 121 credit points or more, you will need to complete your Bachelor of Commerce and apply for the stand-alone Bachelor of Advanced Studies to undertake honours. You will need to apply before your penultimate semester.
  • Our appended honours degree, the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), is an option for students who commenced their studies before 2018 or who have not completed or are not on track to complete two majors in their single bachelor's degree.

For enquiries about studying Honours in the Business School, contact Your honours application outcome will be sent to your university email account, so make sure you check your email regularly once applications have closed. For academic queries, contact the relevant Honours Discipline Coordinator listed under the honours specialisations below.

If you commenced your studies after 2018, honours can be completed as an embedded pathway in the final year of the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.


To proceed to honours in your fourth year, you will need to have completed all non-honours requirements of your degree by the end of your third year of study. This includes both majors, all core units, all Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and any elective units. 

To be eligible you also need to:

  • have completed a major in the area of your intended honours specialisation and be on track to complete two majors

  • achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 and a WAM of 70 in your major.

When to apply

Commencing Semester 1 2022
Applications open: 17 September 2021 to 31 January 2022

How to apply

You can apply for Advanced Studies honours through Sydney Student. Go to ‘Course details’ and then 'Apply for Advanced Studies honours’.

As part of your application, you will need to select two honours preferences and a related major for each preference. You do not need to provide supporting documentation from an Honours Coordinator as part of your application.

If you have already re-enrolled and selected advanced coursework units, you will need to remove these units before you can apply for honours.

What happens next

You can view the status of your application or cancel your request under ‘My requests’. We will email you with an outcome after applications have closed.

If your application is successful, you will need to select honours units through Sydney Student. Contact your honours coordinator if you have any questions.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) is a stand-alone (appended) honours requiring an additional year of study. It is for current students who commenced before 2018 and did not transfer to the new curriculum version of their degree in 2018, or who are not on track to complete two majors in the Bachelor of Commerce.

Information on the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and how to apply can be found in Find a course.

Key dates:

  • Applications open, 20 August 
  • Applications close, 30 November*

* If you are applying for Honours in Finance, you are encouraged to do so by 1 November. 

The Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) (Honours) is a stand-alone (appended) honours requiring an additional year of study. 

Information on the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) (Honours) and how to apply can be found in Find a course.

Key dates:

  • Applications open, 20 August 
  • Applications close, 30 November*

* If you are applying for Honours in Finance, you are encouraged to do so by 1 November. 

Honours specialisations

Completing Honours with a specialisation in Accounting has a range of benefits. Program graduates make significant contributions to firms working in accounting, finance and management. To discuss current research areas in Accounting, contact the Discipline of Finance Honours Coordinator Associate Professor Geoffrey Frost.

To discuss current research areas in Business Analytics, contact the Discipline of Business Analytics Honours Coordinator Dr Laurent Pauwels.

Students specialising in Business Information Systems (BIS) honours equip themselves with the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out research in an area of BIS. The specialisation develops the use of a variety of research methods; knowledge of recent developments in the theory and practice of BIS; in conjunction with a supervisor identifying a research topic, research planning, implementation and evaluation; and research writing - culminating in the completion of a dissertation. These skills are highly valued by many employers.

To discuss current research areas in BIS, contact the Discipline of Business Information Systems Honours Coordinator Associate Professor Barney Tan.

Business Law honours objectives include the further development of students' research and writing skills by undertaking intensive training in Semester 1 in the course work component. The course work will provide a good foundation for students to undertake independent research in semester II for their thesis. An important objective is to give students the opportunity to research in depth a topic of interest to them in an area of Business Law.

Staff members of Business Law have research expertise in a number of areas in which they may be interested in supervising. In addition, from time to time, staff members of Business Law may be interested in supervising particular topic areas. Students should not feel constrained by these areas and are invited to submit proposals on other topics for research in which they are interested.

To discuss current research areas in Business Law, contact the Discipline of Business Law Honours Coordinator Dr Eva Huang.

Honours specialising in Finance at the University of Sydney Business School is a prestigious and highly sought-after qualification. Since their introduction in 1996, the Discipline of Finance has graduated over 200 honours degrees. This elite group of alumni have gone on to excellent graduate positions with leading Investment Banks, Investment Management, Private Equity firms and other financial services organisations. A number of these students have also undertaken PhDs in finance.

During the honours year, students work on a research thesis which allows them to develop expertise in a specific area of finance. It also provides students with considerable research experience and allows them to develop their writing skills and learn how to structure complex ideas. Much of the honours year involves independent learning which requires students to be highly self-motivated. Students must also develop time management skills and self-discipline. These qualities are highly sought after in the job market and are critical for successful careers after the honours year.

To discuss current research areas in Finance, contact the Discipline of Finance Honours Coordinator Dr Reuben Segara.

View the list of available supervisors and their research interests (pdf, 47KB). Students who have verified their eligibility with the coordinator may contact these staff members to arrange a time to discuss potential supervision and topics.

Honours study in International Business has a dual purpose. On the one hand, it is directed towards the development of the analytical and conceptual skills required to conduct independent research in the field. Those pursuing Honours from this angle may be interested in postgraduate study and an academic career, or in working as a research analyst in either the private or the public sector. On the other hand, honours in International Business also builds on and further develops the practical management skills acquired in the major program. From this perspective, the final honours year adds value to an undergraduate degree and can lead to a range of opportunities in private firms, NGOs, international agencies, and government departments.

To discuss current research areas in International Business, contact the Discipline of International Business Honours Coordinator Dr Huan Zhang.

Honours specialising in Marketing provides a high level of specialist training in the analytical and research skills required to solve problems in marketing practice and/or to prepare students for further studies in marketing (e.g. PhD). Past honours students from the Marketing discipline have gone on to a wide range of careers within marketing and wider business roles in world class companies including Microsoft, Proctor and Gamble, AC Nielsen and Clemenger.

The honours year allows students to develop a wide range of additional skills that are highly prized by employers in industry and government. Honours graduates are recognised as possessing levels of knowledge and skill well beyond those obtained by pass degree graduates.

To discuss current research areas in Marketing, contact the Discipline of Marketing Honours Coordinator Dr Kiju Jung.

Students completing honours specialising in Work and Organisation Studies are SURE: Smart, Unique, Ready and Employable.

The Honours year with WOS puts you in a smart cohort of like-minded, clever, sharp students. As an Honours student you will develop with them and meet challenges. Honours is a unique opportunity to turn your pass degree into something very special. Completing honours will give you the academic skills necessary to be ready for postgraduate study. Finally, honours with WOS boosts employability. Why? Because you develop critical research and writing skills; as well as connection with business and workplace problems and challenges. Honours graduates from WOS go on to leading roles in business, consulting firms and government.

To discuss current research areas in WOS, contact the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies Honours Coordinator Dr Karyn Wang.

Combined degrees

If you are completing a combined degree (such as Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws), you can apply to study honours once you complete the requirements of your Bachelor of Commerce. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements for honours.

Usually, you will study your Bachelor of Commerce and honours consecutively (enter your honours immediately after completing your Commerce degree), which means deferring study in your other degree for a year. Alternatively, you are eligible to apply to study honours several years after completing your bachelor's degree.

Students from other faculties/schools

If you’re a current University of Sydney student from outside the Business School, you may be able to study honours in a Business School discipline but you will need to apply for and enrol in honours in the faculty of your undergraduate degree. For example, if you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Finance (or another Business School discipline), and want to further your studies in an honours year, you will need to apply for honours in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. Your application will then be assessed on the criteria of the discipline and faculty in which you will be studying.

Scholarships may be faculty/school specific, and eligibility therefore linked to the faculty or school in which you are enrolled. If you are enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics and intend to study honours in a Business School discipline, you may not be eligible for Business School specific scholarships. Further information on scholarships can be found at the Scholarships page.

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