Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

In some of the more specialised careers open to Bachelor of Commerce graduates, employers may be looking for a level of specialisation that is not provided by a pass degree. Similarly, if a student wishes to qualify for specialised postgraduate research study, a pass degree is not normally sufficient. An additional honours year considerably enhances a qualification, and singles students out to an employer as having exceptional ability.

The Sydney Bachelor of Commerce honours year provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. It may be possible to complete either double or joint honours.

Double honours involves completing all the honours work in two subject areas and thus normally takes an extra year. In joint honours, two subject areas that are more closely related to each other are studied concurrently through a specially designed program of study within one year.

Course outline

The Honours Program is a full time year of study commencing in semester one. The program has two components, course work and a thesis. Students develop in the coursework and thesis research expertise, analytical problem-solving skills, and written and oral communication abilities.

For further details, refer to the Business School Honours webpage.

Honours subject areas

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

The honours year involves a combination of coursework and a thesis, which gives you the opportunity to conduct meaningful research in an area of particular interest to you. For more details, refer to the Business School's Honours webpage: http://sydney.edu.au/business/currentstudents/undergraduate/honours

Postgraduate research at the University

Research and scholarship is the foundation of everything we do. It is an expression of our engagement with our academic colleagues in Australia and internationally, and with the professional and the business community. The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The honours year in the Bachelor of Commerce is an essential research training pathway to our higher degree by research programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

The postgraduate research programs offered by the Business School attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Joint and double honours

Joint and double honours programs are generally encouraged across disciplines but at the discretion of each discipline.

Joint honours can be completed within one year and generally involves the student completing half the appropriate coursework within two disciplines area while completing the thesis in one discipline area. To ensure that the proposed program does require involvement from two disciplines, students wishing to undertake joint honours will be asked to put forward a convincing case as to why their honours course cannot be undertaken in one discipline.

Double honours involves completing all the honours work in two subjects and thus normally takes an extra year. Students will be expected to inform both disciplines or faculties of their enrolment in two programs for double honours.

Applying for honours

To apply for honours in the University of Sydney Business School, you should complete the honours application no later than the last working day in November. Remember you must provide evidence of contact with the relevant honours coordinator (email correspondence is acceptable) regarding thesis topic and supervision. Processing cannot proceed without this information being uploaded with your application.

Admission

Admission requirements

The minimum entry requirement for all honours year programs in the University of Sydney Business School, is a completed pass degree with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 per cent across all senior units of study taken, and a minimum of 70 per cent in units completed in the major relating to the intended honours year. Students are required to have a major in the field of study in which they intend to undertake their honours year. Disciplines may require a higher academic standard and/or require specified pre-honours units of study. Where additional discipline requirements are imposed these will be specified on the discipline honours website.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the University of Sydney Business School. Applications must be submitted no later than the last working day in November.

Students must provide evidence of contact with the relevant honours coordinator (email correspondence is acceptable) regarding thesis topic and supervision. Processing cannot proceed without this information being uploaded with your application

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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