Honours in Medical Science

The study of undergraduate Medical Science at the University of Sydney is undertaken in the Faculty of Science, with major teaching contributions from Sydney Medical School. Medical Science undergraduates are amongst those then eligible to undertake an Honours year within Sydney Medical School as part of their Science degree.

These opportunities constitute an additional year of full-time Honours study in medical research for students from undergraduate courses other than the Medical Program. During this time you will conduct a research project and write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of Sydney Medical School. There may be a component of coursework as well.

The University also offers a number of scholarships for honours students through the Scholarships Office.

What are the benefits of doing honours?

Completing an Honours year opens the door to many opportunities and significantly enhances your career prospects. Honours students have the opportunity to undertake exciting, original research under the supervision of internationally recognised academic staff, and some end up publishing one or more scientific papers based on their Honours projects.

An Honours year provides an excellent foundation and stepping stone to undertaking a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy within the Sydney Medical School. Find out more about pathways to medical research [link to the research career pathways page].

Who can apply?

If you are a current undergraduate student of, or have graduated within the last two years with a bachelor’s degree from, the Faculties of Science, Health Sciences or Arts (Bachelor of Liberal Studies only), you may be eligible to enrol in an additional honours year with the Sydney Medical School.

This applies to students and graduates of all Australian universities.

How to apply

Step 1: Find a potential honours project and supervisor.

You must find a potential honours project and supervisor prior to applying to undertake Honours. All projects available through Sydney Medical School are listed in the Honours project database [link to database]. Use the Honours project database to search for any Honours project offered by the Sydney Medical School.

Step 2: Contact your potential supervisor and the honours coordinator for that discipline.

Once you have identified a potential project and/or a potential supervisor, contact the supervisor directly (usually via email) and arrange to have a meeting. It is useful if you send a scanned copy of your academic transcript, plus a CV if you have prepared one, to the supervisor with your enquiry.

Contact the honours coordinator for that discipline for further information

Step 3: Formally apply through the relevant faculty.

After meeting the supervisor, if you are interested in undertaking the project and the supervisor is willing to accept you for the project then you can proceed to make an application to undertake Honours through your relevant faculty (for example if you wish to do a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in a medical science, you would apply through the Faculty of Science).