Honours

University of Sydney Honours Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers Honours scholarships valued at $6000.

These scholarships will be awarded in degrees that require an extra year of study and are open to all local students and to International students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

Further information about these scholarships is made available on the Scholarships website from early September. The closing date for applications is usually mid December.


The Department offers a single Honours program in Archaeology which allows students to specialise in the subject area of their choice, including Heritage Studies.

2014 Honours entry prerequisites

The minimum requirements for entry to Honours in Archaeology in 2014 are credit average or better in 48 senior credit points of Archaeology including one or more units at 3000 level.

Students are allowed up to 18 senior credit points of cross-listed units to count towards their total of 48 senior credit points.

From 2015 onwards, applicants will need an average of 70 or above.

How do I apply?

All students wishing to apply for Honours must to apply via the Courses online website. Instructions can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, you are encouraged to discuss your application with the departmental Honours coordinator before submitting your application.

Registration with the Department
Students also need to register with the Department of Archaeology. Each student's program of seminars and thesis topic must be approved by the Honours Coordinator, who will sign the student's registration form. The completed form should be emailed or handed to the coordinator by 31 October and no later than 29 November. Download 2014 registration form here.

The Honours Coordinator for 2014 is Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont


Honours Assessment

Archaeology Honours consists of:

  • A thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff. The thesis should be of 18,000-20,000 words in length
  • Two seminars that meet weekly for two hours (or equivalent) each for Semester 1. Each seminar requires 6,000 words of written work or its equivalent.

The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.

Honours Grade Descriptors

80-100: First Class (I)

90+
Work demonstrating the highest levels of accomplishment and intellectual autonomy that can be expected from an undergraduate student. An overall Honours mark of 90 or higher is a requirement for the award of a University Medal, though Medals are not automatically awarded to students with overall results of 90 or more.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range indicates substantial and innovative research; wide and deep reading in the scholarly literature; sophisticated, perceptive, and original interpretations of data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art; and a very high level of independent thought and argument.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates an excellent level of grammatical accuracy, syntactical sophistication, and nuance in use of vocabulary and register.

85-89
Work that demonstrates a very high level of proficiency in the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied. Work in this range shows strong promise for doctoral study.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range indicates substantial original research; wide and deep reading in the scholarly literature; a very high level of skill in interpreting data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art; and a high level of independent thought.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a very high level of grammatical accuracy with only some mistakes, as well as syntactical sophistication, and nuance in use of vocabulary and register.

80-84
Work that demonstrates a high level of proficiency in the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied, and shows potential for doctoral study.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate thorough research; a firm grasp of the relevant scholarly literature; and a high level of skill in interpreting data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a very high level of grammatical accuracy with few mistakes and only very rare basic errors, with vocabulary and syntax varied and expression highly coherent and well structured.

75-79: Second Class, First Division (II.1)
Work that demonstrates a generally sound knowledge of the methodologies, subject matter, and modes of expression and argumentation appropriate to the field or fields studied.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate solid research; a firm grasp of the relevant scholarly literature; and competent interpretations of data, documentary evidence, fieldwork, literary texts, or works of art. However, work in this range may also show evidence of a higher level of independent thought combined with some significant lapses in research or expression.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a high standard of grammatical accuracy with few mistakes and only very rare basic errors, with vocabulary and syntax varied and expression highly coherent and well structured.

70-74: Second Class, Second Division (II.2)
Work that demonstrates an adequate but limited performance in the methodologies, subjects, and/or languages studied.

In many fields of the humanities and social sciences, a mark in this range can indicate an adequate general knowledge of the subject from the reading of both primary material and secondary literature, straightforward argumentation, and clear expression. A mark in this range may also reflect a superior performance in one or more of these areas combined with serious lapses in others.

In work written in a language other than English, a mark in this range indicates a good standard of grammatical accuracy, albeit with some mistakes, including occasional basic ones; the work shows a good grasp of complex sentence structures and an appropriately varied vocabulary.

65-69: Third Class (III)
Work only barely above the standard of pass-degree work in the field studied. A mark in this range indicates a basic but limited understanding of the methodologies and subject matter of the field or fields studied, and skills in argument and expression that are only just adequate for Honours-level study and research.

Below 65%
Honours not awarded.