Honours degrees in allied health

Enhance your career prospects with Honours

The Faculty of Health Sciences Honours programs give high achieving students the opportunity to contribute to knowledge in their disciplines, learn valuable professional skills and gain deep knowledge and insight about a discipline-relevant topic. Doing honours can benefit your clinical practice or be a pathway to further research, including PhD study.

FHS has two honours programs.

The integrated honours program is for students in the disciplines of Diagnostic Radiography, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology. This program runs parallel to the pass degree. Students undertake some alternative units of study in the last 3 semesters of their four year degrees, and complete their degrees in the same time as students doing the pass programs.

The appended honours program includes the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) Honours. These are one year full-time programs that are additional to the three year pass degrees.

Both the integrated and appended programs involve:

a) completing honours-specific units of study; and

b) conducting a research project guided by one-to-one supervision from a senior scholar and expert in their field.

Entry into honours is competitive and based on students' past academic performance. A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 is required to be eligible to apply for Honours.

Find out more

Go to our FHS Honours Program Information page to find out more about our honours programs.
Current FHS students can also access the FHS Honours Canvas webpage.

How to apply for 2019

Integrated Honours Program

Current undergraduate year 2 students will receive an email October with a request to respond to an expression of Interest for Honours. Offers will be made from mid-April the following year for intake into the 2nd Semester of 3rd year.

Courses available are:

Appended Program

Applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in the 3rd week of September. Apply directly to the University of Sydney by clicking on the 'APPLY' tab via the relevant course page link below.

Courses available are:

Further information

For course or project specific enquiries, contact your discipline Honours Coordinator.

Course Co-ordinator
Diagnostic Radiography
Exercise Physiology
Exercise and Sport Science
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy
Physiotherapy
Speech Pathology

For general and administrative enquiries contact our Honours Administrator.

You may also contact the Faculty Director of Honours, Dr Anne Honey.

Comments from Honours students

“Doing honours in my final year of study was probably the best decision I made … I have gained so many skills both in research and through clinical experience that would not have been made possible had it not been for me doing honours!” Julianne Challita, Occupational Therapy

“It's a year of hard work, but the skills you develop are invaluable - as a researcher, as a clinician, and as a potential leader to advance the field of physiotherapy.” Sonia Cheng, Physiotherapy

“Completing my honours degree has challenged me to consistently engage in professional reasoning and problem solving to come to informed solutions… I highly recommend this experience to any student looking to broaden their thinking -you will be challenged, but the learning that can come from it is limitless.” Jessica Toher, Occupational Therapy

“I have worked with an experienced and supportive research team, and have developed valuable professional relationships. I have also submitted my thesis for publication in an international journal, and will be presenting my research at a conference in the United States, enabling me to engage with the international speech pathology community.” Angela O’Rourke, Speech Pathology

“Honours challenged me to seek new heights and taught me valuable life-long skills including self-evaluation, perseverance, organisation and flexibility. Doing honours isn't just about research and getting those extra letters on graduation, but about learning how to critically evaluate situations, work effectively in a team and develop not only your field of practice but also yourself as a growing clinician.” Chelsea Valentin, Occupational Therapy

“While the Honours degree pushed me in ways I could have never imagined, I do not regret the experience for a moment. It challenged me to become a better problem solver, writer and communicator. In this sense, Honours isn't just for those interested in pursuing a career in research. It's an opportunity to develop skills that will be relevant to any career path.” Amelia Laurendet, Speech Pathology

“Being accepted into the honours program was definitely a highlight of my undergraduate course and I had no idea just how much of an impact it would have on my career. The skills you learn are invaluable, not only in research, but as a clinician also.” Lisa Pagano, Physiotherapy

“I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge Honours was, and feel that the experience has helped me to be a better evidence-based practitioner." Anna Francis, Occupational Therapy

"I wasn’t particularly interested in research prior to commencing honours and initially did it for the challenge, however it was an invaluable experience that involved working very closely with leaders in musculoskeletal research and has opened up many doors that I wouldn’t have thought possible." Caelum Trott, Physiotherapy

“One of the most exciting parts of my Honours degree was interacting with a wider group of health professionals from around the world and gleaning invaluable and in-depth knowledge on my study population (persons with Multiple Sclerosis). As such, participating in this project has given me the opportunity to develop long-term mentorships and professional networks.” Sarah El-Wahsh, Speech Pathology

"Honours, for me, was both the most challenging and rewarding year of my academic life so far. I was initially intimidated by the apparent demand for autonomy and critical thinking associated with research, but this quickly grew to become one of my favourite facets of honours and the research process in general." Connor Graham, Exercise and Sports Science.

“I was welcomed into my research team and with it came a brand new world of brilliant minds with a creative outlet of investigating new theories and technologies. I was in awe of the absolute contrast to what I had anticipated the world of research to be.” Christina Ouzas, Exercise Physiology.