Wherever your career takes you, an honours year will serve as an invaluable foundation and asset. It will provide you with in-depth knowledge of an aspect of your field, and allow you to make your own meaningful contribution to a field of knowledge. You will develop transferable skills and graduate attributes such as critical thinking, time management and communication.
An honours degree can also launch a fulfilling career in research and academia, and provides a common pathway to a PhD.
At the Faculty of Medicine and Health, you'll be part of an internationally renowned research community. We are one of the world's top research universities, and you'll be working alongside researchers who are constantly breaking ground in medicine and health. By contributing to our research, you can help make a difference to thousands of lives.
Honours is available in diagnostic radiography, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology integrated as a pathway through the final 2 years of the degree. Students will receive an invitation to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.
Honours is available as an additional year in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) Honours and Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (please note, this course may not be available after 2020). Apply directly through the relevant course page.
Honours in health is available within the final year of any liberal degree combined with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
Entry into honours is competitive and based on students' past academic performance. A Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 is required to be eligible to apply for honours.
For course or project specific enquiries, contact your discipline's Honours Coordinator.
|Diagnostic radiography||John Robinson at email@example.com|
|Exercise physiology||Dr Che Fornusek at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Exercise and sport science||Dr Che Fornusek at email@example.com|
|Bachelor of Health Sciences||Dr Justin McNab at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Occupational therapy||Dr Rebecca Barton at email@example.com|
|Physiotherapy||Dr Maree Milross at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Speech pathology||Hans Bogaardt at email@example.com|
For general and administrative enquiries contact our honours administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current students can find out more on Canvas.
The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is a standalone/appended honours course. It is an additional year of study that you complete after you have finished your undergraduate degree.
Applications are open to students who the school considers to have the requisite knowledge and aptitude to undertake the course. Applicants are expected to have either completed Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney or hold an equivalent qualification from another institution.
Before applying, download the project list (pdf, 202.9KB) to see projects that are available, and contact your potential supervisor to discuss your preferred project. You are encouraged to contact potential supervisors as early as possible.
The Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management both have integrated/embedded honours programs. This means that the undergraduate degree can be awarded at the Pass or Honours level. Meritous students can complete honours study in the final semesters of their undergraduate degree, and it will not increase the overall time taken to complete their studies.
Refer to the pharmacy handbook for more information.
For honours enquiries contact email@example.com.
An honours year in medical sciences is an additional year of undergraduate study. It's a unique opportunity for you to explore your research potential and put theory from your undergraduate studies into practice.
Honours in medical sciences is undertaken either within a specific discipline, such as anatomy and histology, applied medical sciences, physiology, pharmacology or pathology, or externally in any research institute or clinical school associated with these disciplines (in particular those affiliated with the Bosch Institute). Your project is hosted by the Faculty of Science but led by either the Sydney Medical School or the School of Medical Sciences.
There are two ways to study honours in medical sciences:
To view a full list of projects in medical sciences offered by our schools please visit our online project database.
For an honours year in the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology, you need to:
*If you do not meet the criteria but are still interested in honours, please contact Honours Coordinator, Dr Paul Austin, to discuss options:
T: +61 2 9351 5061
In 2017, the University of Sydney established a dedicated honours program in applied medical sciences based at our Westmead campus, one of the world's largest health and medical research precincts.
Honours in applied medical sciences is available if you have studied:
For a list of available projects and information on how to apply, download our Applied Medical Sciences Honours Guide (pdf, 710kb).
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Andrew Harman, Applied Medical Science Honours Coordinator:
Phone: +61 2 8627 3623
Infectious diseases and immunology honours are research-based courses that commence in early February and culminate in presentation of a thesis in late October/early November.
How to apply:
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Carl Feng, Honours Coordinator:
It is not necessary to have undertaken the two cell pathology units in the Discipline of Pathology to undertake an honours year in pathology.
Please contact your intended supervisor, then complete and return the pathology honours form (pdf, 68.8KB) to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should then submit an application through the course page.
For more information, please contact Honours Coordinator Associate Professor Lenka Munoz:
Phone: +61 2 9351 2315
Please complete this pharmacology honours application form (pdf, 15KB) and return to Honours Coordinator Professor Rachel Codd, as well as submitting an application through the course page.
For more information, please contact Honours Coordinator Professor Rachel Codd:
Phone: +61 2 9351 6738
For more information, please contact Honours Coordinator Dr Daniel Johnstone:
Phone: +61 2 9351 5162
Some physiology students also complete honours in neuroscience, for more information please contact Dr Karen Cullen at email@example.com.
The Westmead health education and research precinct is a thriving centre of collaborative and interdisciplinary innovation. The University is proud to be affiliated with the precinct partners, including:
Improving the success rate of human organ transplants, helping people cope with sleep disorders, stopping the transmission of HIV and exploring effective treatments for Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis are just some of the ambitious goals of the applied medical sciences projects available to University of Sydney honours students at our Westmead campus.
For more information, please contact Honours Coordinator Associate professor Andrew Harman at:
Phone: +61 2 8627 3623
For a full list of honours projects available at Westmead please visit our online project database.
Find out more about our Westmead campus.