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Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) is an additional year of intensive study that high achieving students may undertake after completing an undergraduate degree.

This course extends your prior studies, deepening your expertise in your chosen field and enabling you to pursue further research, such as a PhD.

This course will replace the ‘appended honours’ pathway for many of our undergraduate degrees, and is available to students who have completed an eligible bachelor’s degree at the University of Sydney or another university. It is also available to students enrolled in a combined professional/liberal studies degree at the University of Sydney who wish to undertake honours under the liberal studies component of their degree.

In this course, you will learn vital research skills and extend your knowledge and critical thinking skills by undertaking an independent research project under academic supervision and through challenging honours coursework. This course can prepare you for a higher degree by research, such as a master’s by research degree or a PhD, and equip you with attributes for a range of careers.

Alternatively, if you wish to develop your skills in collaborative problem-solving and inquiry, you may wish to opt for the advanced coursework pathway of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Please visit the Bachelor of Advanced Studies Coursework page for more information.

While this course is our new standard honours offering, in some circumstances students may still be able to complete the traditional honours course.

Some different scenarios are described below:

  • Transferring and returning students wishing to complete Honours from 2020 onwards, will need to enrol in the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)
  • A student who commenced their liberal studies bachelor’s degree, (for example Bachelor of Science) in 2017 or prior, and continued their studies in their existing curriculum, may enrol in the traditional appended honours year
  • A student who commenced their liberal studies bachelor degree in 2018, (for example Bachelor of Arts), who wants to apply for honours in 2021 will need to complete their honours through the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours).  

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) is an additional year of study that high achieving students may undertake after completing an undergraduate degree. 

If you choose to pursue the honours component, you will undertake:

  • honours units of study (4000-level or above)
  • supervised but independent research honours project.

It will vary depending on the discipline you choose.

Through an honours component you will learn vital research skils and open the pathway to a higher degree by research, such as a master's by research or a PhD and equip you with attributes for a range of careers.

Under the guidance and mentorship of an academic supervisor, you'll select a thesis topic and identify your method of research. This prepares you to write your thesis so that it makes an argument based on rigorous study and empirical assessment.  

Units of Study

Sample study plan


Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

Year Sem  Units of study 
1 1 Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Coursework unit
  2 Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Research Project Honours Coursework unit

 

 

Admission requirement

Admission to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) requires:

  1. completion of a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution in time to commence honours in the semester for which entry is sought;
  2. completion oftwo majors or study deemed by the supervising faculty to be of comparable depth, of which at least one major is cognate to the honours area for which entry is sought;
  3. a final Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65.00*; and
  4. demonstrated evidence of contact with the relevant School, such as email correspondence with a prospective research supervisor a School Honours Coordinator, School Honours EOI form signed-off by School Honours Coordinator, or digital receipt of School Honours application form.

*Please note that, in some faculties, schools and disciplines, the minimum WAM requirement is higher than 65.00, particularly where entry is very competitive.

Further information

If you have any questions above the information listed above or want to know more about you eligibility based on your qualifications, please contact the relevant Honours Coordinators, who can be found at the locations linked below:

Please note: Willingness of a member of academic staff to act as your research supervisor does not guarantee entry. All other standard admission requirements must be met.

 

Future study options

Career pathways

  • A pathway to a PhD.
  • An honours year is an investment in your future career opportunities, and allows students to develop a wide range of additional skills that are highly prized by employers.
  • Honours graduates are recognised as possessing levels of knowledge and skill well beyond those obtained by pass degree graduates.
  • The honours year provides you with an opportunity to upskill in the areas of research, analytics and problem solving, communication and presentation.
  • As an honours student, you stand out to an employer as having exceptional ability relevant to a variety of careers.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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