Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) (Honours)

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

The Business School Honours Program is an additional year of intensive study that students with a superior academic record may undertake upon completion of their undergraduate degree. The program aims to produce Honours graduates who are highly motivated, organised and demonstrate superior initiative.

The Honours Program is designed to challenge and inspire the best and brightest students.

As an Honours student you will study advanced coursework topics and complete a research thesis. The coursework units have been developed to build your mastery of research methods and expertise in a given Business discipline. In completing your honours thesis you will work one-on-one with an expert in the discipline to investigate a research problem and expand the existing body of knowledge within your area of study.

Honours can fast track your future, whether you want to go into advanced research study or industry.

Business School Honours graduates join an exclusive and exceptional club. The specialist knowledge and skills developed and applied in an honours year are sought-out by employers, and set you on an upward trajectory. Our alumni are now represented throughout senior positions in academia, government and the business sector.

Success in the Honours program is driven by the applied focus of the student. If you have unanswered questions from your undergraduate pass degree, the Honours program gives you the opportunity to go further. This is the first time in your education you get to ask the questions you want to answer.

Why do Honours?

An honours degree from the University of Sydney Business School is a prestigious qualification that distinguishes graduates both in industry and future research studies including PhDs. An honours year is an investment in your future career opportunities.

Honours students are targeted by employers for their exceptional ability. Being awarded honours considerably enhances the quality of a qualification and the graduate's transferable skill set, particularly their research, critical thinking and communication abilities. In the more specialised careers open to the Business School's graduates, employers may be looking for a level of expertise that is not provided in an undergraduate pass award course. Similarly, if students want to qualify for specialist postgraduate research study, an undergraduate pass award course is not normally sufficient.

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.



Honours students study three coursework units comprising a compulsory unit in research foundations and methods, and two specialisation electives. Depending on the specialisation of the student, coursework may be completed in semester one or across both semester one and two.



The thesis is a 20,000 word research-based dissertation on a topic in which the student has a strong intellectual interest. The research should identify an area for investigation which makes a relevant contribution to and extends the body of knowledge in the student's chosen domain. The quality of the research design, development of research question, application of appropriate methodologies and interpretation of findings, as well as the student's ability to effectively communicate this research are assessed in the thesis. Students will work on their thesis across their candidature in the program.



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


Honours subject areas

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

Students are expected to commit themselves to their coursework and thesis over their Honours candidature. As a guide, students can expect to have 10-15 class-hours per week and regular meetings with their thesis supervisor. However, success in the Honours year requires a large amount of self-study, particularly in the development and completion of the research thesis. The time each student will need to dedicate themselves to their studies will vary, though should not be less than 30 hours per week. As such, students need to consider carefully the implications of attempting outside employment in the course of the Honours program and whether they will have the time and flexibility to achieve the best outcome in their coursework and thesis.

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 (Liberal Studies) 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.

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.
There is only one intake each year to the Business School Honours Program, commencing in Semester I. Applications for the 2015 Honours Program will open on 15 October 2014. Offers may not be deferred. Candidates who receive an offer to the program and are unable to accept will need to reapply to the program for the following year.

Admission

Admission requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the Business School Honours Program is a completed pass degree with a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 across all units of study taken, and a minimum of 70 in units completed in the major relating to the intended specialization in the Honours Program. Students are required to have a major in the field of study in which they intend to undertake their Honours Year. Entry requirements may be waived for an applicant by the Associate Dean (UG) and Honours Program Director only in exceptional circumstances.

Places in the program are offered competitively and where there are appropriate supervisory resources. Preference may be given to applicants with a higher academic standard, applicants who have completed additional, relevant undergraduate units of study, and/or applicants who have a demonstrated research interest and ability within a specialisation.

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.
For further details refer to Business School Honours on the University of Sydney Business School website.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

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 2015 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 2014 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 2015, 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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