If you’re looking to improve your career prospects, open the door to further academic study, or simply indulge a passion, honours is your next step.
Honours enables you to build on the foundations of your undergraduate degree and explore your interests through a research project of your own choosing, completed in your own time.
Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you’ll be responsible for selecting a thesis topic, creating a reading list, and identifying your method of research.
You can tailor every aspect of your honours program to your academic ambitions. Throughout the year you’ll be mentored by academics in your faculty as you write a thesis to document your research journey from proposal to conclusion.
Independent research can be a life-changing opportunity to become a subject matter expert in a niche area. You’ll have the chance to develop significant insights, and make your own meaningful contribution to a field of knowledge.
Honours is also a great stepping stone to a higher research degree. Even if you don’t plan on pursuing a research career, honours will develop planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills that are essential for a career in any field.
To learn more about what an honours year looks like, contact the honours coordinator in your faculty, or read up on the application process.
Honours can be taken with most undergraduate courses, so if you're already enrolled in a bachelor's degree, there's a good chance you'll be able to apply for honours as an embedded year within your current program.
You don't have to be a current University of Sydney student to take honours here. We also welcome applications from students from other universities, or if you finished your undergraduate studies a while ago.
These are the stand-alone honours courses we currently offer.