Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Honours)

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

Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study with research at its centre. Students take seminar classes and research and write a substantial thesis on a topic they work out in collaboration with a supervisor who is a specialist in the relevant field

Where the pass degrees give students the opportunity to explore a range of fields and concentrate on one or two areas (the majors), the honours year enables students to engage with the subject of their major in depth and learn how to practise its methods by undertaking research of their own. The Honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education, an experience that extends their intellectual range, hones their abilities in research, analysis, and communication, and helps them develop the body of personal and professional skills needed to see a major project though to completion. For other students, Honours is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Honours subject areas

Units of study

Full units of study list

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

Each Honours program involves a mix of seminars and a thesis. Some programs require three seminars and a shorter thesis (12,000-15,000 words). Others involve two seminars and a longer thesis - up to 20,000 words. The most common format for a thesis is a long essay divided into chapters, but other formats will be appropriate in some fields. Every Honours program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences requires students to submit between 36,000 and 39,000 words of written words or its equivalent.

Honours awards and classes

The grade of honours and the honours mark are determined by performance in the honours course, according to the following :
Honours Mark Range
Honours First Class (I): mark = 80-100
Honours Second Class. First Division (II.1): mark =75-79
Honours Second Class. Second Division (II.2): mark = 70-74
Honours Third Class (III): mark = 65-69
Honours not awarded to a mark below 65

Ethics and honours research

Why is ethics approval necessary?
Ethics approval helps:
• protect the welfare, rights, dignity and safety of research participants
• protect researchers’ rights to conduct legitimate investigation
• protect the University of Sydney’s reputation for research conducted and sponsored by it
• minimise the potential for claims of negligence made against any individual researchers and the University of Sydney.

Do I need human ethics approval?
All University of Sydney staff and students who intend to conduct research involving human participants as part of an Honours, Diploma, Masters, Doctorate or other higher degree must apply for approval from the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Research involving humans may include:
• administering questionnaires/surveys
• conducting interviews or focus groups
• investigating or observing human behaviour
• use of data or human tissue
• routine testing of human participants
• administering drugs, ionising radiation, chemical agents or vaccines
• any other experimentation involving human beings

Research involving humans undertaken at any of the University’s affiliated research institutes and centres must also be approved by the HREC.

Applying for ethics clearance

The procedure for Honours thesis ethic proposals to be considered by the University of Sydney Business School Honours Ethics Committee is as follows:

1. Students are expected to fill out the standard ethics clearance form which can be downloaded at http://www.usyd.edu.au/ethics/human/documents/docs.shtml. You must ensure you use the correct form for Humanities and Sciences Research Involving Humans.

2. Student projects that involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and/or involve meeting individuals in their places of residence for interviews etc. are not covered by this scheme. These proposals must still go to the University Ethics Committee.

3. The University of Sydney Business School Committee may still forward some difficult ethics submissions to the University Ethics Committee for consideration. It is for this reason that the Business School's submission dates come before the main University dates.

4. An original application, including attachments (unstapled) plus ten (10) copies, including attachments (stapled) are submitted to the Business School Research Manger, Rebecca Connell (Room 229, Storie Dixson Wing H10) by 4pm on the dates of submission (listed below). No late submissions will be accepted.

5. The submissions must be typewritten or word-processed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

6. Before submitted, applications are required to be authorised by the relevant Chair of Discipline. If the Chair is the supervisor, the application must be signed off by the Pro-Dean.

Postgraduate research at the University

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences supports and pursues the University's goal of excellence in research, encouraging research of national and international standing, and identifying and enhancing fields of basic, strategic and applied research. Many of the Faculty's distinguished academic staff have recognised international standing and include Federation Fellows and Fellows of Learned Academies and Societies.

Applying for honours

To qualify for admission to candidature for honours for the Bachelor of International and Global Studies, a student must:
(a) have qualified for the award of the pass degree at The University of Sydney or an equivalent recognised tertiary Institution or be eligible for the award of the pass degree;
(b) must complete the honours requirements within no more than 10 years from commencement of candidature in the pass degree;
(c) have completed a minimum of 48 senior credit points with a Credit average or above in the intended subject area/s; and
(d) have the permission of the chair of the department or program coordinator most concerned.

Admission

Admission requirements

Student need to have results at Credit (65%) level or better in eight Senior units of study (48 credit points) in the subject in they wish to take Honours. Some departments and programs have additional prerequisites, including advanced Senior units designed to prepare students for the challenges of fourth-year study. Please consult with the department’s Honours Coordinator as you plan what units to take during your undergraduate degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online via Sydney Student website at: https://sydneystudent.sydney.edu.au/sitsvision/courses/dbhinglst1000-0.htm

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Further requirements

http://sydney.edu.au/courses/?detail=1&course_sef_id=Bachelor_of_International_and_Global_Studies__Honours__1574§ion=apply

International students

How to apply

Students need to have results at Credit (65%) level or better in eight Senior units of study (48 credit points) in the subject in they wish to take Honours. Some departments and programs have additional prerequisites, including advanced Senior units designed to prepare students for the challenges of fourth-year study. Please consult with the department’s Honours Coordinator as you plan what units to take during your undergraduate degree.

International admission requirements

IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0 in each band) or IBT 90 (min 23 in Writing and 22 in all other bands)

For further details on international admission:
sydney.edu.au/future_students

Further admission requirements

International students should visit:
http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_undergraduate/admissions/entry_requirements/index.shtml

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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