honours in chemistry

General Information

The School of Chemistry is recognised as one of the top Chemistry Schools in Australia and is acknowledged internationally for the high calibre of its staff and research programs. The Honours program in the School of Chemistry provides the opportunity to be involved in a research program and provides training in research techniques and experience with modern research instrumentation. The Honours program adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years and enhances your immediate employment prospects and, more significantly, your future career potential.

In the Honours year, each student undertakes a research project under the supervision of a member of staff, writes a thesis which explains the problem, outlines the research undertaken and the results obtained, and also attends advanced lecture courses and seminars. The introduction to research is a particularly valuable experience and an Honours degree is highly regarded by prospective employers. An Honours degree widens the range of employment possibilities and it may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree (MSc or PhD), with financial support from an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or other postgraduate scholarship.

The School of Chemistry offers a wide range of projects for Honours students covering all areas of contemporary chemistry.


Why chemistry?


How to apply

How to enrol

Formal requirements


Employment & demonstrating

Relationship between honours and previous research

Occupational health & safety

Prizes and Scholarships

The University offers Honours Scholarships to local students. These are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity and are valued at $6,000 for one year only. Applications are open once a year only. You must apply in the year before you commence Honours, irrespective of whether you intend to commence in the first or second semester of the next academic year. To be eligible for an Honours scholarship you must have applied for and be commencing in an Honours program at the University of Sydney . Further information can be found here.

Please also see our prizes and scholarships pages:

Chemistry Prizes & Scholarships

Chemistry Prizes & Scholarships currently on offer.

Thinking of following Honours with a PhD or MSc?

For those students thinking of continuing, after Honours, with a higher degree like an MSc or a PhD you should keep in mind that there is a limit on the number of higher degree students that a staff member can supervise based on the level of experience of the current students in a group and what other support is available. This limit is to ensure that there is sufficient supervision for all Chemistry graduate students. While students are strongly encouraged to undertake an Honours year in the project that they find most engaging, we mention this limit at this point just in case it is of interest for individuals. If this is the case, we encourage you to discuss this issue with the staff members with whom you are considering doing Honours or with the Honours Coordinator.

We look forward to welcoming you to the program in 2014.

For any other information, please contact:


Dr Mat Todd

Associate Professor Meredith Jordan
Honours and Graduate Diploma Coordinator
School of Chemistry,
University of Sydney NSW 2006
email: meredith.jordan@sydney.edu.au
Room 544
Phone: (02) 9351 4420