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5 reasons why you should do a one-year honours degree at Sydney

16 August 2017
Give yourself the head start you deserve with a one-year research program

An honours degree is your next step if you’re seeking a competitive edge in your career, want to become an expert in your field or kickstart your pathway to a PhD. 

Student in Fisher Library

Not a current University of Sydney student?

You don't need to be a current University of Sydney student to take an honours degree with us. Final year students and graduates from any university are welcome to apply for our stand-alone honours program. In fact, we strongly recommend it. Here’s why:

1. Enhance your career prospects – our graduates are the most employable in Australia*

Getting an honours degree doesn’t mean you commit to a career in academia. A stand-alone honours year at the University of Sydney is an investment in your future. Being awarded honours considerably enhances your undergraduate qualification and transferable skill set. You will fine tune your research, critical thinking and communication abilities and demonstrate to employers that you can challenge yourself and go the extra mile.

*2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

2. Become a subject matter expert with our cross-disciplinary approach

We've pioneered new models for multidisciplinary research and invested in some of the most advanced facilities in the world. You can collaborate with experts across fields as diverse as medicine, arts, social sciences, engineering, information technologies and science, with the shared goal of tackling solutions to global challenges.

The honours program at Westmead is really exciting because it allows science-based students to become integrated into projects that connect a basic laboratory research component with real-life clinical problems
Dr Dinny Graham, leader of the Molecular Genetics Program at the Westmead Institute’s Breast Cancer Research Group.


Initiatives like our Sydney Nanoscience Hub and award-winning Charles Perkins Centre give you the opportunity to address unanswered questions from your undergraduate degree. This is the first time in your education you get to ask the questions you want to answer and become a subject matter expert in a field of your choice.

3. Be part of a world-leading research community

To help us achieve our goal of tripling our investment in research by 2020, we need to attract and invest in the highest achieving students from all universities. This means that doing an honours degree at Sydney, you will be part of an environment that enables you to fulfil your potential: 

  • You will undertake exciting, original research under the supervision of internationally recognised research staff.

  • We offer exceptional facilities - the latest innovative technology across the physical, medical, life and engineering sciences, the humanities and social sciences. 

  • We are one of the world's top research universities and a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities which means we are able to partner with others that excel in research, including Stanford, UCLA, the University of Tokyo and the University of Hong Kong. 

4. Fast track your further studies with our broad range of postgraduate degrees

An honours degree is an introduction to further academic research with many using it as a pathway to undertake a PhD. Some graduates even end up publishing research papers based on their honours projects. An honours year gives you a chance to explore your expertise and passions before committing to a master’s or PhD qualification with us.

5. Establish new connections

Doing an honours degree at a different university to where you completed your undergraduate degree, means you can create a whole new world of networks.

One of the reasons Amelia Scerra (Honours in Medical Science) chose to move to the University of Sydney for her honours year was because of the “wide range of knowledgeable supervisors and colleagues” she could learn from.

Mentorship from new academics who are leaders in their fields allows you to expand your professional relationships and take advantage of networking opportunities with your peers and alumni.


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