What is honours?

An honours year is your chance to become a member of a community of health professionals committed to moving their career forward 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.

Director, Honours Programs:

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)

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Students undertake a unit of study that assists them in developing a research proposal and conduct a research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Admission to the honours program is competitive, and students who are offered a place in the honours program must have demonstrated consistent, high level performance throughout their studies; be eligible for the award of a pass degree and be judged to have the aptitude to conduct a research project.

Honours option in the Bachelor of Health Sciences course is available to students of the Faculty as well as external students.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE SEEKING AN HONOURS YEAR IN PSYCHOLOGY: If you have completed the Psychology major within the Bachelor of Health Sciences 3 year degree program, and wish to pursue a career as a practicing registered psychologist in Australia, you need to seek enrolment in the Fourth Year Honours Program within the School of Psychology - either at The University of Sydney or other Universities offering the Australian Psychology Accreditation Councils (APAC) Fourth Year course. The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) year is not accredited by APAC – only the Psychology major for Years 1-3 is accredited by APAC and makes you eligible to apply for the Fourth Year Psychology Honours Program (normally offered only by psychology departments/schools within universities or private colleges of psychology training in Australia). For more information on the Fourth Year Honours in Psychology at The University of Sydney and how to apply, please see the School of Psychology website

Honours Coordinator:

Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiation Sciences) Honours

Only available to current students from Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiation Sciences) course.

The student must be eligible for the award of a pass degree, and be considered by the head of the program to have the aptitude to conduct a research project.

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) Honours

Only available to current students from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course.

The Honours Program consists of a fourth year of study in which the student conducts a research project and writes a thesis under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The program is offered only in full-time mode.

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours

Only available to current students from Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) course.

The honours program runs in tandem with the pass program. Entry to the honours program is at the beginning of the third year of the undergraduate program. Eligibility for admission is based on performance during Years 1 and 2 of the course. Selection of students into the honours program is competitive, and based on the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM).

The focus of the honours program is on individual research. With guidance, students will develop a research proposal in Year 3, and carry out their research in Year 4.

Year 3 In semester two of the third year, honours students complete a research elective relevant to their chosen area of study, and a unit of study (Honours Research Seminar I) that assists them in developing a research proposal.

Year 4 In the fourth year of the program honours students enrol in three units of study - Honours Thesis, Honours Research Seminar II, and Professional Practice IV Hons. The honours program culminates in the submission of a scholarly thesis for examination.

Honours Coordinator:

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) Honours

Only available to current students from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) course.

Entry is based on academic performance in Years 1 and 2 of the pass course. Students in the honours program complete all Year 1 and Year 2 units of study in the pass program. In Year 3, honours students undertake some of the same units of study in the pass program as well as units that are unique to the honours program. In Year 4, all units the honours students undertake are unique to the honours program.

Honours Coordinator:

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours

Only available to current students from Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) course.

During the third year of their course, eligible students are invited to undertake an honours program in their fourth year of study. Honours students will participate in an ongoing research project and write a dissertation on a related topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Entry to the honours program is competitive and requires completion of the first two years of the undergraduate course with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 without any failed grades.

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