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 year 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 year you will graduate with a robust set of transferrable skills including:
Honours is an optional, additional one-year full-time course. 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.
You can apply for the standalone Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) if you:
Some study areas offer different pathways for honours. These include:
As a general guide, if you started your undergraduate degree prior to 2017 at the University of Sydney, you may need to enrol in one of our traditional honours programs instead.
Traditional honours programs: