Frequently asked questions about studying Honours

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.

We currently have available to types of honours programs;

  • Appended honours are courses that currently have the honours year added as an additional year. Courses are generally, 3 years with the additional 1 year, total 4 years.
  • Embedded honours are courses that have the honours year in tandem with the pass program and will not extend the duration of the course. Courses are 4 years in duration, for pass and eligible honours year.

Am I eligible for Honours?

Your eligibility for the Honours Program is based on your Weighted Average Mark - WAM. You must have a WAM>= 65 to be considered eligible for all Faculty of Health Sciences Honours programs. Places are highly competitive and offers may be made at much higher WAMs.

Applicants from the faculty’s disciplines apply in either year 2 (embedded honours) or in year 3 (appended honours) depending on their course.

  • Appended - 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>= 65 (cumulatively for year 1, 2 and 3) can apply for Honours in Semester 2 of their third year.
  • Embedded - Currently enrolled Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Exercise Physiology 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 >= 65 (cumulatively for year 1 and 2) can apply for Honours.

How do I apply?

More information on the application process and timelines will also be made available via Honours page.

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 Courses - 'Apply Now'

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.

How do I find a supervisor and project?

All available project and supervisor listing can be accessed by logging into the FHS Honours eCommunity on the Learning Management System or LMS. If you are an internal applicant you will require your unikey details to login to LMS. If you are an external applicant, please email to obtain further information.

What is the difference between an internal applicant and external applicant?

All FHS Honours programs are open only for internal applicants except Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) which is available for both internal and external applicants. Any student (Domestic or international) who is currently enrolled at the Faculty of Health Sciences is considered as an internal applicant. All applications are made through Sydney Student Courses.

I have submitted my application, what happens next?

The Honours Committee will assess all eligible applications and offers will be made to those candidates that meet requirements. Depending on the acceptances and availability of projects and supervisors, a second round of offers may be made. Offers, acceptances and enrolment will all be online through Sydney Student.

How do I contact a member of staff?

For course or project specific enquiries, contact your discipline Honours Coordinator via email. For administrative enquiries, contact Student Central on 02 9351 9161 or by emailing

Where can I find information on scholarships?

Various scholarships are available for Honours students such as the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and the University of Sydney Postgraduate Awards (UPA). Read more about scholarships. Some scholarships are available to certain disciplines such as OT and Speech Language Pathology. See the Faculty's Scholarships to find out more.

If I become an Honours student will I miss out on professional electives?

No. All Honours students are able to ‘audit’ professional electives (typically in Year 4). This means that students can attend the elective classes without being enrolled (so they don’t have to pay fees/HECS and do not have to complete any assignments/assessment tasks). Students must formally ask Unit Coordinators for their permission to attend classes, tutorials as places may be limited.

Can I withdraw from the Honours program at any time without being disadvantaged?

To avoid financial liability, students must withdraw from the Honours program by the census date in Semester 1, Year 3 of their studies. The Census date for Semester 1 is 31st March. During and at the end of Semester 2 (Year 3) students may be able to return to the pass course without disrupting their graduation date depending on timetabling issues, especially with regards to their Professional Practice placements. Arrangements become a little more complicated after that, as students will not have completed all the necessary pass units to graduate, and usually have to complete one or more additional units of study when transferring back to the pass program. Withdrawal in Semester 2 is possible but the ramifications of this should be discussed with your Honours Coordinator and Student Central.

Am I able to suspend studies?

In the first instance discuss with your Honours Supervisor/Coordinator. If permission is permitted, you can request this through your Sydney Student portal prior to the Census date for that Semester. Please be aware that there will be financial and academic penalties if you suspend after the Census date.

How is the performance assessed/graded?

The details of assessment are outlined in the Unit of Study outline.

How is the study load in the Honours Program different to the pass program?

The Honours Program is very demanding. You should be prepared to invest time and independent effort when compared to the normal course work. It requires a higher level of involvement, project management, problem solving, and research skills. The program aims at expanding your knowledge in a selected area of interest.

Further information:

More information about all our Honours programs are available via the Faculty handbook.

General enquires regarding our Honours programs, email:

Or you may contact: Director, Honours Programs: