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Honours in medicine and health

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A one-year program that helps you put your undergraduate studies into practice.

Why study honours? 

The honours year in medicine and heath is an additional year of study available to you after you complete your undergraduate course. Wherever your career takes you, an honours degree will serve as an invaluable foundation and asset.

  1. It will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a particular field and allow you to make your own meaningful contribution to it.
  2. You will develop desirable skills in critical thinking, time management and communication. 
  3. An honours degree can also launch a fulfilling career in research and academia and is a common pathway to a PhD.

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health, you'll be part of an internationally renowned research community and work alongside researchers who are constantly breaking ground in medicine and health. By contributing to our research, you can help make a difference to millions of lives.

Available honours degrees

Health Sciences

Honours is available in:

Honours is available as an additonal year of study after you complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) or the Bachelor of Health Sciences (please note, this course may not be available after 2020). Apply directly through the relevant course page. Students will receive an invitation to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.

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 general enquiries contact our honours administrator at

Current students can find out more on Canvas.


The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) 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.

For general enquiries contact Associate Professor Chris Gordon, Honours Coordinator (


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. 

Take a look at the honours projects (pdf, 3.41MB) being undertaken by pharmacy students in 2019.

Medical Sciences

Honours in medical sciences is undertaken either within a specific discipline, or externally in any associated research institute or clinical school (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:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours): to be eligible, you must have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney or hold equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution and met other admission requirements outlined on the course page.
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours): to be eligible, you must have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney and met other admission requirements outlined on the course page. Please note, this degree will soon be replaced by the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) degree.

To view a full list of projects in medical sciences offered by our schools please visit our online project database.

Learn more about disciplines available for honours in medical sciences.

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