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Applying for honours

Science

If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and commenced your studies in 2018 or later (or transferred to the new curriculum version of your degree in 2018), how you complete 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 (you will need to apply before your penultimate semester) or to complete your Bachelor of Science and apply for the Bachelor of Science (Honours).
  • If you’ve completed 121 credit points or more you will need to complete your Bachelor of Science and apply for the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

If you're completing honours in science, you may undertake your study part time over two years with permission of the Associate Dean. The research project needs to be completed in two consecutive semesters.

If you are currently enrolled in your final semester of a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science degree, you may apply for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Honours).

If you’ve completed a qualifying bachelor’s degree at the University or another institution, or you’re returning from a break in study, see our advice on the Faculty of Science honours page.

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Commonwealth supported students who commenced their studies before 1 January 2021

The Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates program made changes to fees for CSP students who commence a new course of study from 1 January 2021. Under these changes, enrolment in most honours programs is treated as a new course of study. This means you will need to pay at the new Job-ready Graduates rate for your honours program unless you completed your related undergraduate degree prior to 1 January 2021. You will also need to pay at the new Job-ready Graduates rate if you transfer to a new course to do honours as this transfer is treated as a new course of study. Find out more about honours fees.

Types of honours

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Honours) is an appended honours requiring an additional year of study. Information on the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Honours) and how to apply can be found in Find a course.

If you’d like to apply for honours in Psychology, visit the Faculty of Science honours page for more information.

The Bachelor of Psychology includes an integrated honours in the fourth year of the degree.

You will need to meet the requirements for entry into the fourth year of the degree, and submit an application to the School. You can find information about how to submit the School application on the Faculty's Honours in Science page (under 'Psychology').

The Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) is an appended honours requiring an additional year of study. It is for returning and current students who enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Science before 2018.

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

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

Eligibility

To be eligible you need to:

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

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  • achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 across all units.

When to apply

Commencing Semester 1:
Applications open 31 August to 31 January.

Commencing Semester 2:
Applications open 31 March to 30 June.

How to apply

You can apply for Advanced Studies honours through Sydney Student (go to ‘Course details’, 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 will then need to upload a written letter of approval from your supervisor with 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 of your application once your semester results have been published.

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 Science (Honours) is an appended honours requiring an additional year of study. It is available to current, returning and external students who completed a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent).

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

If you’d like to apply for honours in Psychology, visit the Faculty of Science honours page for more information.

Honours in this degree requires you complete an additional year of full-time study. You may request permission from the Dean to complete honours part-time (over four consecutive semesters) if you are unable to complete honours full-time.

You can complete honours at any time after completing Year 3. You will need to suspend your Bachelor Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for one year (with Faculty permission) while you complete honours. Alternatively, you can complete honours after the completion of both degrees.

For more information about applying for honours, contact Associate Professor Roslyn Bathgate at roslyn.bathgate@sydney.edu.au

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Last updated: 21 September 2022

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