honours at westmead

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

Since then, 50 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.

Completing an honours year opens the door to many opportunities and significantly enhances your career prospects. An honours degree provides an excellent foundation and stepping stone to undertaking a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Why study honours at Westmead?

  • Learn from leading experts who are conducting critical research into the causes and mechanisms of disease, and devising novel interventions for prevention and treatment.
  • Be part of a large and diverse Westmead student community of around 2,000 students, including hundreds of PhD and honours candidates.
  • Scientists and researchers at Westmead work in close collaboration with clinicians, giving unparalleled opportunities for ‘bench to bedside’ translational research.
  • The Westmead campus is the largest health and medical precinct in NSW including three major medical research institutes, two large-scale University of Sydney teaching hospitals, and the largest research-active pathology service in NSW.
  • A variety of honours scholarships are available for study at Westmead.
  • Mid-year entry is available.

Who should study this course?

Honours at Westmead is available if you have studied:

A Bachelor of Medical Science undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and you want to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science Honours at Westmead or;

A Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from any university.

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

For further information on eligibility, please contact Andrew Harman.

About Applied Medical Science

Launched this year, the Applied Medical Science major has been designed to position you at the intersection of science and medicine. This major is only available at Westmead.

How to apply

Prior to submitting the application for the honours program, you will have to do the following.

Step 1:

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

After meeting the supervisor, if you are committed to undertaking the project and the supervisor is committed to accepting you for the project then you must fill out an expression of interest form which you and your supervisor must sign and send it to westmead.honours@sydney.edu.au. Please note you can only submit one expression of interest form.

Featured projects

Dr Najla Nasr has over 15 years of experience in trying to understanding how HIV interacts with innate immune cells and then manipulates them in order to facilitate successful transmission. She is a senior researcher in the HIV pathogenesis group at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research.
Featured projects:
1. Characterising ‘Bona-Fide’ Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Responses in Initial HIV Infection
Contact najla.nasr@sydney.edu.au.

Professor 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 at the University of Sydney.
Featured projects:
1. Influenza Vaccination: Fever, antipyretics and immunogenicity
2. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine: long-term protection against infection and cancer
Contact robert.booy@health.nsw.gov.au.

hilda pickett

Associate Professor Hilda Pickett specialises in understanding the molecular mechanisms contributing to telomere length regulation in human cells.
Featured projects:
1. Using telomere length analysis to understand human disease
2. Investigating the role of a novel RNA binding protein in telomerase activity
3. Understanding protein dephosphorylation in the DNA damage response
Contact hilda.pickett@sydney.edu.au.

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: