Honours chemistry

Jenny Zhang

Why do honours?

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 state of the art 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. You will have the opportunity to work on research for 90% of the year.

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 scholarships.

The School of Chemistry offers a wide range of projects for Honours students covering all areas of contemporary chemistry. You will join a group of approximately 40 honours students in chemistry and work alongside approximately 120 postgraduates currently enrolled in MSc and PhD research programs.

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

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. 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.

Scholarships are available for students from outside the Sydney area to assist with relocation expenses.

Please also see our prizes and scholarships pages for information on Chemistry prizes and scholarships.

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.


Dr Girish Lakhwani

Honours and Graduate Diploma Coordinator

School of Chemistry

Room 358

Telephone: +61 2 9351 5783

Dr Girish Lakhwani