Westmead honours program

honours in applied medical science at westmead

In 2017, the University of Sydney established a dedicated Honours in Applied Medical Science program based at Westmead, one of the world's largest health and medical research precincts.

Since then, 50 honours students have started the high quality honours program, which provides students with unique opportunities to conduct research that has a meaningful impact on the health of our community.

Why study an honours at Westmead?

  • Learn from leading research experts who are conducting critical research
  • Study at Westmead campus, the largest health and medical precinct in NSW
  • Enjoy the option of mid-year entry for honours in medical sciences
  • Experience one-on-one supervision by highly acclaimed scientists
  • Be part of a large and diverse Westmead student community of around 2000 students, including hundreds of PhD and honours candidates.
  • Work on translational research working closely with internationally recognised leaders in health and medical research.
  • Applications are welcome from students with a relevant bachelor's degree from any Australian university or equivalent.
  • A variety of honours scholarships are available for study at Westmead.

Who should study this course?

This course is for students from a science-related discipline and offers a broad range of medical science related projects ranging from basic research, clinical research, public heath, allied health and social sciences. It is an ideal program for those considering higher degree research, medicine or working in the medical field.

Additional information

  • The Westmead campus is home to around 1000 scientists who are conducting critical research into the causes and mechanisms of disease, and devising novel interventions for prevention and treatment.
  • Scientists and researchers at Westmead work in close collaboration with clinicians, giving unparalleled opportunities for ‘bench to bedside’ translational research.
  • The Westmead campus includes three major medical research institutes, two large-scale University of Sydney teaching hospitals, and the largest research-active pathology service in NSW.

Our partners at Westmead

The Westmead health education and research precinct is a thriving centre of collaborative and interdisciplinary innovation. The University is proud to be affiliated with the precinct partners, including:

Featured projects

robert booy

Professor Robert Booy

Robert Booy is an infectious diseases expert and a clinical epidemiologist. He is Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, University of Sydney.
He has published approximately 300 papers and supervised over 20 doctorates. Six of his doctoral students are completing this year and he has real scope to supervise new students. He is easily contactable by email on robert.booy@health.nsw.gov.au.

hilda pickett

Associate Professor Hilda Pickett

Research interest: Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway; Telomere length regulation dynamics in normal and cancer cells
Research aims: Discover the molecular pathways involved in telomere length control
Projects: Telomere recombination and replication processes, regulation of telomerase in cancer cells

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joerg eberhard

Professor Joerg Eberhard

Professor Joerg Eberhard is the Chair of Lifespan Oral Health in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. His research interest includes interactions between oral and general health through all phases of life, and to translate the current body of knowledge in oral health to healthcare policies aimed to improve health of the whole population.

How to apply

Prior to submitting the application for the Honours in Applied Medical Science, you will have to do the following.

Step 1: Find an honours project and/or find a researcher (research supervisor).

Step 2: Contact your potential supervisor and the honours coordinator for that discipline directly (usually via email) and request for a meeting. It is useful to include a scanned copy of your academic transcript and CV.

Step 3: 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.