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.

The closing date for all applications for the final honours year is the last working day in November.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.

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

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.

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.

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.