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We hope you will join us in your honours year – the first year of your research career!

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is one of the top chemistry schools in Australia and is internationally recognized for the high calibre of its staff and research. The honours program in the School of Chemistry gives you the opportunity to undertake a significant research project in an area that interests you, as well as providing training in research techniques and experience with modern research instrumentation. It also gives you the opportunity to work as part of a team on a cutting-edge research program, and marks your transition from student to genuine research collaborator. The honours year adds new dimensions to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years and significantly enhances your immediate employment prospects and future career potential.

A wide range of possible projects for honours students is available in all areas of contemporary chemistry including organic and inorganic synthesis, catalysis, materials chemistry, biological chemistry, computational chemistry, reaction kinetics, astrochemistry, renewable energy and polymers and colloids.

All students with a sound record in chemistry are strongly encouraged to enrol in an honours program in the School of Chemistry.

In your honours year, you will undertake a research project under the direct supervision of a member of staff, and as part of their research group. Towards the end of the year you will write a thesis that explains the problem, outlines the research undertaken and describes the results obtained. Students also attend advanced lecture courses and seminars. The introduction to research is a particularly valuable experience and an honours year is highly regarded by prospective employers. The degree widens the range of employment possibilities and 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 honours year is the first step towards a career in scientific research, so you should choose your area of study carefully. The specifics of our honours program and details of staff members and their research projects are described in the various links.

Further information about individual staff members' research may be found here. Online application form can be found here. We also suggest you read the 2014 Honours Information Powerpoint Presentation.

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