Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)

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

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in design in architecture the opportunity to extend their potential in a research task under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The honours degree requires an extra year of full-time study.

It will allow you to develop a deeper level of academic thought and research in an area of particular interest, identified during your three years of study in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture.

The award of honours is an avenue by which the best students can be recognised. By its nature, an honours degree carries more weight or prestige than the pass degree. It is highly regarded by employers and other universities.

Course outline

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) is to be taken full-time over two consecutive
semesters. Enrolment is effected by taking 48 credit points, being
ARCH4003 and ARCH4004 in the first semester and ARCH4005 and
ARCH4006 in the second semester.
There will be no formal classes. Students are expected to make
arrangements for regular (weekly) contact with their supervisor on an
individual basis to chart the work, receive advice, review and monitor
progress. At the conclusion of the year students are expected to submit a body of work, usually a dissertation, properly bound for addition to the faculty?s audio visual library where there is an honours and master's dissertation collection.

Honours awards and classes

The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the rules specified in the resolutions of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Candidates for the award of the honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree. Students who fail or discontinue the honours program may not re-enrol in it, except with the approval of the dean.

Postgraduate research at the University

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning places a high emphasis on its research activity. We have a vibrantly diverse community of scholars and practitioners, many who have taken national and international leadership roles in their fields. The faculty offers the opportunity to pursue research degrees, both MPhil and PhD in four disciplines: architecture & allied arts, architectural & design science, design lab, and urban & regional planning & policy.

Candidates may elect to study in any of these fields, or to pursue interdisciplinary studies in a combination of fields with the faculty or between the faculty and elsewhere in the university. The University and the faculty have formal links, including exchange agreements and memoranda of understanding, with institutions throughout Asia, Europe, Scandinavia and North America, these translate into research opportunities for students as well as staff. We support these degrees with a wide range of resources, including extensively equipped laboratories and comprehensive workshop facilities.

Applying for honours

All students who plan to undertake the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) submit an application [hyperlink to Apply Now] to the University.

Before applying the student must develop a thesis topic and have an
allocated supervisor from the faculty?s academic staff. Students should discuss their proposed research with relevant staff prior to applying for admission to honours. It is also possible to have an Associate Supervisor to share supervision where topics extend beyond the immediate expertise of the Primary Supervisor.

Candidates who are new to the University should contact one of the Student Administration Centre staff [hyperlink: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/CS/student_admin.shtml] who will put them in touch with someone to start the discussions.

Admission

Admission requirements

To qualify to enrol in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) candidates should have qualified for the award of the pass degree, or a similar degree from another university that is acceptable to the University, and be a graduate of not more than four years standing.

Candidates should have a weighted average mark of at least 70 for the pass degree. Before applying candidates should have an approved thesis topic and supervisor. The supervisor must be from our academic staff. We invite candidates to discuss their plans with a relevant staff member.

Candidates who are new to the University should contact one of the Student Administration Centre staff [hyperlink: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/CS/student_admin.shtml] who will put them in touch with someone to start the discussions.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Applications are made directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours and the faculty honours page for specific information. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right-hand side of this page.
University of Sydney currently enrolled students: Submit a course transfer request via the Sydney Student portal . Check with your faculty for more information.

Further requirements

To qualify to enrol in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) candidates should have qualified for the award of the pass degree, or a similar degree from another university that is acceptable to the University, or be a graduate of not more than four years standing. Candidates should have a weighted average mark of at least 70 for the pass degree. Before applying candidates should have an approved thesis topic and supervisor. The supervisor must be from our academic staff. We invite candidates to discuss their plans with a relevant staff member.

Candidates who are new to the University should contact one of the Student Administration Centre staff [hyperlink: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/CS/student_admin.shtml] who will put them in touch with someone to start the discussions.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the online application portal before the closing date. Before you apply, visit the How to Apply information for honours and the faculty honours page for specific information. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right-hand side of this page.
University of Sydney currently enrolled students: Submit a course transfer request via the Sydney Student portal . Check with your faculty for more information.

Further admission requirements

To qualify to enrol in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours) candidates should have qualified for the award of the pass degree, or a similar degree from another university that is acceptable to the University, or be a graduate of not more than four years standing. Candidates should have a weighted average mark of at least 70 for the pass degree. Before applying candidates should have an approved thesis topic and supervisor. The supervisor must be from our academic staff. We invite candidates to discuss their plans with a relevant staff member.

Candidates who are new to the University should contact one of the Student Administration Centre staff [hyperlink: http://sydney.edu.au/architecture/CS/student_admin.shtml] who will put them in touch with someone to start the discussions.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.