What is Honours?

The honours program is your chance to become a member of a community of health professionals committed to contributing to the discipline, contributing to knowledge in the profession, contributing to improving the lives of our target groups, making a difference 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.

Applications for 2014 closed on Friday 13 December 2013

Am I eligible for Honours?

Your eligibility for the Honours Program is based on your Weighted Average Mark - WAM. You must have a WAM greater than 65 to be considered eligible for all Faculty of Health Sciences Honours programs. Individual disciplines may require higher WAMs for acceptance into honours programs. Please check with the honours coordinator for your discipline.

Can external students apply?

The only program that is available for external applicants is the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours). External applicants apply through Sydney Student by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button.

An external applicant is anyone who is a currently enrolled in any other Faculty at the University of Sydney (other than FHS) or a graduate of any other Australian and/or international university. An external applicant can only apply for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program.

When do I apply?

Applicants from the faculty’s disciplines apply in either year 2 or in year 3 depending on their course:

  • Currently enrolled Exercise and Sports Science, Medical Radiation Sciences and Bachelor of Health Sciences year 3 students, who have completed at least 144 credit points (or will complete by the end of the 3rd year), and have a WAM greater than 65 (cumulatively for year 1, 2 and 3) can apply for Honours in Semester 2 of their third year (see Application Timeline below).
  • Currently enrolled Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology year 2 students, who have completed at least 96 credit points (or will complete by the end of the 2nd year) and have a WAM greater than 65 (cumulatively for year 1 and 2) can apply for Honours (see Application Timeline below).

How do I apply?

You will take an active part in the application process by consulting with your discipline and discussing the research topics that you are interested in and by submitting an Expression of Interest. As you need to meet with several people before you submit an expression of interest you need to begin early in Semester 2.

  1. Attend the Honours Fair, open days and workshop/briefing sessions organised by the Honours Committee and disciplines.
  2. Login to the FHS Honours Program eCommunity on the LMS to review the list of available Honours Supervisors and Honours Projects.
  3. Meet your discipline Honours coordinator to discuss the area of research that you are interested in and identify a potential supervisor and meet with the supervisor to further discuss the topic.
  4. Submit the Expression of Interest form by the due date (see also Application Timeline below).

When and how will I know if I have been offered a place in the honours program?

All successful applicants will be notified by email. Refer to the timeline for various offer rounds and deadline for acceptance of offer

Do I need to meet my supervisor in advance of applying?

No. Students receive offers based on merit. In many cases, several students will want to do the same projects therefore students should list upto 3 preferences on their EOI. Students will be allocated to projects after the Honours Committee reviews all applications.

How do I accept?

  1. The offer of acceptance process will be notified to all successful applicants by email. You must accept the offer within the stipulated timeframe.
  2. Fulfil all enrolment formalities including providing the HELP and TFN forms

General information

  • All Honours offers are made purely on the academic merit of the applicants.
  • Eligibility to apply is based on WAM of 65 or greater as at the end of Year 2, Semester 2 for embedded Honours and end of Year 3, Semester 2 for appended Honours.
  • A WAM of 65 or greater does not guarantee an offer of a place in the program. Offers depend on the number of supervisors available and the student’s ranking within their discipline cohort.
  • Submission of EOI does not automatically imply a firm offer.
  • All applications are assessed and offers finalised by the Honours review committee.

For Honours program details refer to the Faculty handbook. For all general enquires regarding Honours program, email:

Timeline for 2014 Applications and Acceptances



First round offers made

Thursday 16 Jan 2014

First round acceptance

Wednesday 22 Jan 2014

Assessment period for 2nd round (if required) commences

Thursday 23 Jan 2014

Second round offers made (only if places are available)

Monday 27 Jan 2014

Second round acceptance (if applicable)

Friday 31 Jan 2014