Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

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

The information about this honours program applies to both future and current students and they should refer to the Health Sciences Handbook for course information.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) allows you to specialise in a niche area of personal interest, develops your research skills and increases your employment prospects. An honours year 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.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree is available to both current candidates of the pass degree and external candidates. Admission is competitive, and candidates who are offered a place in the honours year must have demonstrated consistent, high level performance throughout their studies, be eligible for the award of a pass degree at a commendable standard, and be judged to have the aptitude to conduct an independent research project. The honours year comprises 48 credit points of prescribed units of study including research and writing toward a thesis or research report.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE SEEKING AN HONOURS YEAR IN PSYCHOLOGY: If you have completed the Psychology major within the Bachelor of Health Sciences 3 year degree program, and wish to pursue a career as a practicing registered psychologist in Australia, you need to seek enrolment in the Fourth Year Honours Program within the School of Psychology - either at The University of Sydney or other Universities offering the Australian Psychology Accreditation Councils (APAC) Fourth Year course. The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) year is not accredited by APAC – only the Psychology major for Years 1-3 is accredited by APAC and makes you eligible to apply for the Fourth Year Psychology Honours Program (normally offered only by psychology departments/schools within universities or private colleges of psychology training in Australia). For more information on the Fourth Year Honours in Psychology at The University of Sydney and how to apply, please see the School of Psychology website.

Units of study

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

year comprises 48 credit points (cp) of study in addition to the 144cp completed for the pass degree i.e., a total of 192cp. The year is made up of two units (24cp each) i.e., a standard load of 24cp each semester. You will complete the thesis or research project under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Honours awards and classes

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the rules specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Ethics and honours research

As a general principle, any research involving human subjects requires approval by the University Ethics Office, including projects involving the following kinds of methodologies (note: the list is not exhaustive): 1. questionnaires; 2. surveys or interviews (including oral history); 3. telephone interviewing; 4. recording by audio- or video-tape; 5. observations of behaviour (including ethnographic fieldwork). Please note that a key part of the approval process involves ensuring that the University complies with its duty of care to students. Safety protocols must be prepared for all students conducting any research off-campus, whether in Australia or overseas. In addition, health professionals are expected to undertake their duties and responsibilities, at all times, in a manner which professional and ethical. This also applies to students of the Faculty of Health Sciences when they undertake clinical placements or research projects in consultation with relevant professional bodies http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/placements/essential_preparation/preplacement_requirements/codes_conduct.shtml

Applying for ethics clearance

Please consult the Faculty of Health Sciences for advice about ethics clearance applications.

Closing dates for ethics applications

Closing Dates for ethics application submissions for 2014 are to be confirmed.

Postgraduate research at the University

Studying for a higher degree by research in the 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. Visit our leading research groups in;

Clinical and rehabilitation sciences - http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/clinical_rehabilitation_sciences/

Disability and community -
http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/disability_community/

Exercise health and peformance -
http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/exercise_health/

Medical imaging and radiation sciences
http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/medical_imaging/

offer flexible doctoral and master's by research programs to outstanding graduates. You can also work closely with a talented, multidisciplinary team in our Ageing, Work and Health research unit http://sydney.edu.au/health_sciences/ageing_work_health/

Applying for honours

Doing the Bachelor of Health Sciences (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

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS
To qualify for admission to the honours year a candidate must have:
* qualified for the award of, or been awarded, the pass degree or an equivalent degree from another university;
* completed a major/s in the intended area/s of study;
* a WAM of at least 65; and
* the permission of the relevant head of department/
discipline/ program coordinator.

CURRENT HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS
Acceptance into the Honours Program is based purely on grades (Weighted Average Mark - WAM). Applicants have to fulfill the following criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the Honours Program:
• Currently enrolled Year 2 students who have completed at least 96 credit points (or will complete by the end of the 2nd year)
• Cumulative Year 2, Semester 2 WAM >= 65
• Currently enrolled Year 3 students who will complete 144 credit points and meet course requirements by the end of the 3rd year.
• Cumulative Year 3, Semester 2 WAM >= 65

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

If you are a domestic student and are currently enrolled in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) you are considered an internal applicant. To apply refer to the section titled ‘How and when do I apply’ found on the Honours page (the word honours is to be hyperlinked to http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/current-students/honours/index.shtml). Timelines for various activities are also available on this page.

If you are a domestic student and are currently enrolled in any other Faculty of the University of Sydney (non FHS) or are a graduate from any other Australian University, you are considered an external applicant. To apply click the ‘Apply Now’ button found under the ‘Essentials’ tab on the current page.

If you are an external applicant (domestic and/or international) apply through the ‘Apply now’ button found under the ‘Essentials’ tab on the current page. All current University of Sydney students who are not currently enrolled with the Faculty of Health Sciences are also considered as external applicants.

International students

How to apply

If you are an international student and are currently enrolled in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) you are considered an internal applicant. To apply refer to the section titled ‘How and when do I apply’ found on the Honours page (the word honours is to be hyperlinked to http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/current-students/honours/index.shtml). Timelines for various activities are also available on this page.

If you are an international student and are currently enrolled in any other Faculty of the University of Sydney (non FHS) or are a graduate from an overseas university, you are considered an external applicant. To apply click the ‘Apply Now’ button found under the ‘Essentials’ tab on the current page.

If you are an external applicant (domestic and/or international) apply through the ‘Apply now’ button found under the ‘Essentials’ tab on the current page. All current University of Sydney students who are not currently enrolled with the Faculty of Health Sciences are also considered as external applicants.

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.