BVSc Honours


Honours First Class and Honours Second Class may be awarded at graduation.

Students who are eligible to pursue honours will enroll in VETS5400 Honours Elective instead of the two standard Elective Rotations offered in final year:

VETS5400 Honours Elective Research
12 Credit Points
Prerequisite: Veterinary Science Years 1-4: Years 2-4 WAM =>70
Assessment: Supervisor Report (S/U) and Communication.
Task Intrasemester: (S/U) for each placement. Research Supervisor Report (S/U); Oral defence (S/U); and Dissertation (5,000 words)
Practical field work: 36-day practicum.

This unit of study provides veterinary student interns who have attained a suitable WAM based upon academic achievements in years 2-4 with the opportunity to develop greater proficiency in research within a veterinary related discipline of their choice. Eligible students may enrol in the honours unit of study instead of the two standard elective roations offered in final year.


The following resolutions may be read in conjunction with the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (pdf) (as amended), which sets out the requirements of all coursework courses, and the relevant Resolutions of Senate.

[Section 1]
4. Requirements for honour degrees
4.1 Honours First Class and Honours Second Class may be awarded at graduation.
4.2 Honours will be awarded on the basis of an ‘identifiable discipline-specific individual research, scholarly or creative component’.
4.3 The three separate honours streams in Veterinary Science are research, clinical research and independent learning project.
4.4 The Years 2–4 WAM required for entry into the Honours Elective unit of study in Year 5 will be 70 or greater.
4.5.1 Honours Class I and Honours Class II shall be awarded for all three streams of honours.
4.5.2 A normalisation formula will be applied to the marks generated from all three streams to standardise the degree of difficulty in obtaining Honours between the streams.
4.5.3 No student is to be advantaged or disadvantaged by selecting any particular honours stream.
4.6 The Years 2–4 WAM will benchmark the normalisation formula.
4.6.1 The Honours WAM will be calculated on the Years 2–5 WAM and the Year 5 normalised honours mark.
4.6.2 The weighting will be 50/50.
4.7.1 Honours students will submit a dissertation of not more than 5,000 words in length in a format suitable for publication in a relevant journal
4.7.2 The format of the dissertation will be supervised by the Associate Dean Research/Director Clinical Teaching/Coordinator Professional Practice program.
4.8.1 Honours students will present an oral defence of their research to a Faculty panel of assessors.
4.8.2 The format of the oral defence will be supervised by the Associate Dean Research/Director Clinical Teaching/Coordinator Professional Practice program.
4.9.1 Honours Class I will be awarded for Honours WAMs of 75 or greater.
4.9.2 Honours Class II will be awarded for Honours WAMs of 70 to less than 75.
4.10 Honours shall not be awarded to a candidate who has taken longer to complete the course than the minimum period in which a candidate may complete a degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
4.11 Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4.10, the Faculty, for special reasons, may permit the award of Honours to a candidate who has taken longer to complete the course than the period specified in that subsection.
4.12 If a candidate graduates with Honours First Class and the Faculty is of the opinion that the candidate’s work is of sufficient merit, the candidate shall receive a bronze medal.
4.13 BVSc with merit shall be awarded to students who achieve a Years 2–5 WAM of 75 or greater but choose not to continue with an identifiable discipline specific honours stream in Year 5.