Honours is an additional qualification that can be completed at the end of your undergraduate degree. Usually an honours year needs to be completed in a full-time study mode.
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To be admitted to honours you need to meet specific entry requirements. Most honours courses require a WAM of 65.00 and some study areas require higher marks. Additional entry requirements may also apply.
Independent research can be a life-changing opportunity to become a subject matter expert in a niche area. You’ll have the chance to develop significant insights, and make your own meaningful contribution to a field of knowledge.
An honours pathway can open the door for further research study, equipping you with the prerequisite research skills to undertake a research degree such as the PhD.
Alternatively, if you decide to only complete an honours pathway without pursuing further research, you will graduate with a robust set of transferrable skills including:
Completing honours also shows you have achieved high academic standards and gives you an honours-level award.
Honours is an optional full-time pathway usually taking one year to complete. It is also available part-time in some disciplines. Generally, your honours year consists of:
Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you’ll select a thesis topic, create a reading list, and identify your method of research.
During the year you’ll be mentored by scholars in your faculty as you write a thesis to document your research journey from proposal to conclusion.
If you are currently enrolled in a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you will be able to apply for an embedded honours component in either of the two majors you have selected in your degree (if meeting the eligibility criteria). Please note some streams do not allow you to undertake honours in your second major or as an embedded component in the combined degree. Please check the stream requirements in your handbook to confirm.
If you are a current University of Sydney student in a single bachelor's degree and are on track to complete two majors by the end of your degree, you can apply to transfer to a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies up until your penultimate semester of study. This may allow you to undertake honours in either of the two majors completed. If you do not have two majors or are not on track to complete them, you can consider an appended honours year instead.
If you are a Commonwealth supported student (who commenced your degree prior to 2021) and you are considering transferring to a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree at the University of Sydney, please be aware that this transfer will be treated as a new course enrolment. This means you will be charged the new Jobs-ready Graduates package fee rates for units going forward in your new degree. In some cases, this may mean that you will be paying higher tuition fee rates. Any units you have already studied will be credited to your new course and noted as paid under the old rates.
Please carefully check information on fees and consider the implications of transferring courses before you take any action.
The fees you pay for your honours study will depend on the degree you are enrolled in and the type of honours.
If you enrol in a degree with embedded or integrated honours, the honours fees are already included in the fee for your degree.
If you enrol in an appended honours, you can find out more about the fees payable on the relevant Sydney Courses page. If your application is accepted, your fees will be confirmed in your offer letter from the University.
Students are advised to consider the impact of the Job-ready Graduates package on their honours fees.
In 2020, the Australian government’s Job-ready Graduates package made changes to fees for domestic students who commenced new programs with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) from 1 January 2021. The new fee rates are higher for some programs, and lower for others. Some existing students are “grandfathered” and pay the pre-2021 fees.
If you are a Commonwealth supported student who commenced study before January 2021, you should not assume you will be a grandfathered student who will pay the pre-2021 fees for your honours study. In particular:
For more information, see the Job-ready Graduates program and its impact on fees.
Appended honours are additional courses you enrol into after completing your undergraduate degree.
External students, returning students or University of Sydney students who completed an eligible single Bachelor degree can pursue honours via our appended honours degrees.
University of Sydney students who have completed or are completing the below pre-2018 curriculum degrees, can undertake honours via the below appended honours degrees:
Some students choose to complete either double honours or joint honours.
Double honours mean you complete two separate honours thesis in different subject areas. This usually takes an additional year, extending your studies by two years full time.
Joint honours are when you complete an honours thesis in two subject areas closely related to each other. This type of honours allows you to complete the course concurrently in one year.
To apply for double or joint honours, you need to meet the eligibility requirements for both honours programs.
For more information, check the honours page for your faculty or school. Please note that some faculties and subject areas may not offer this study option.
Some specialised or vocational honours years, require an undergraduate background in the same study area. These include:
Some University of Sydney bachelor’s degrees have an embedded Honours component. This means you will complete your honours study in the final year of your current undergraduate degree by completing specific units. Your honours component will not increase the overall time taken to complete your studies.
In some degrees, honours is integrated and runs alongside the pass degree. This means you won’t have to apply separately to do honours and won’t need to complete specific honours units. An example is the Bachelor of Engineering Honours where all students will complete and be awarded honours as part of completing the requirements of the degree.
Some integrated honours degrees may additionally require students to maintain a certain minimum weighted average mark to be eligible for an honours award, or alternatively exit with a non-honours degree.