Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours

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Deepen your knowledge and broaden your career opportunities. Available to meritorious students, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (Honours) program provides the opportunity to conduct an independent research project and write a thesis under the supervision of a senior academic, developing specialist knowledge and invaluable research skills.

As an Honours student, you will collaborate with leading researchers in the discipline of occupational therapy as you develop the expertise and practical skills needed to utilise and produce high quality research. Entry to the Honours program will commence in your third year and is available to meritorious students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (Pass) degree.

In your third year, you will complete a research elective relevant to your chosen area of study. You will also take Honours A: Research Design which covers quantitative and qualitative research methods and assists you in developing your research proposal. In your fourth year, you will enrol in Honours B: Applied Research Skills and Honours C: Research Project in which you will learn how to analyse data and interpret results. You will also learn how to write up and present your research findings. The Honours program culminates in a presentation and the submission of a scholarly thesis for examination, in the form of a journal manuscript. You will then complete your last clinical placement in November/December.

Undertaking Honours is a unique opportunity to push the frontiers of knowledge, develop and prove your critical abilities, and expand your career prospects.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in occupational therapy.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Course outline

Honours subject areas

What is an honours subject area?

Honours subject areas can vary according to Discipline and methodological approach. In Health Sciences, topics may focus on a particular area of health care practice or a topical health issue. Other projects may examine interventions or strategies that aim to improve health outcomes. To get an idea of the range of possible Honours subject areas in Health Sciences, please see our current FHS Honours projects list for 2017. Please note, this document is regularly updated and subject to change.
Current Health Sciences Honours Projects

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

The focus of the Honours program is on individual research. With guidance, students will develop a research proposal in Year 3, and carry out their research in Year 4.

Year 3 In semester two of the third year, Honours students complete a research elective relevant to their chosen area of study, and a unit of study (Honours A: Research Design) that covers quantitative and qualitative research methods and assists them in developing their research proposal.

Year 4 In the fourth year of the program, Honours students enrol in two units of study (Honours B: Applied Research Skills and Honours C: Research Project). In these units they will learn how to analyse their data and interpret the results. They will also learn how to write up and present their research findings. The Honours program culminates in a presentation and the submission of a scholarly thesis for examination, in the form of a journal manuscript.

Honours students will then complete their last clinical placement in November/December.

Postgraduate research at the University

Studying for a higher degree by research in health sciences at the University of Sydney is a unique opportunity to push the frontiers of knowledge, develop and prove your critical abilities, and expand your career prospects.

Applying for honours

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupatonal Therapy) Honours degree is your chance to become a member of a community of health professionals committed to moving their career forward through research. Under a senior scholar, each student will develop research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge in their profession

Admission

Admission requirements

Entry to the Honours program is at the beginning of the third year of the undergraduate program. Applications open in Semester 2, Year 2. Eligibility for admission is based on performance during Years 1 and 2 of the pass degree. Selection of students into the Honours program is competitive, and based on the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65. Students must also maintain at least a credit average over the course of the Honours program.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Internal applicants apply directly to the faculty. More information will be available soon on how you can apply.

Applications open:September 2017

Applications close: December 2017 - applications received after this date will not be processed.

Offers: December 2017

More Information about the acceptance and enrolment process.

International students

How to apply

Internal applicants apply directly to the faculty. More information will be available soon on how you can apply.

Applications open:September 2017

Applications close:December 2017 - applications received after this date will not be processed.

Offers: December 2017

More Information about the acceptance and enrolment process.

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