Course Description

The honours year in Science is a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study available to you after you complete your undergraduate course. It's a unique opportunity for you to explore your research potential and put the theory from your undergraduate studies into practice. An honours qualification in science is not only well regarded in academia, but also in industry where laboratory experience and a command of scientific thought processes are highly sought after.

Honours can be undertaken in any area of Science, and involves designing a research program in your chosen area of interest in consultation with one or more supervisors. Your research program may include components in more than one area of science (eg. physiology and biology) and depending on the nature of your project you may also have to undertake some courses in experimental design or complete technical training to use a particular piece of equipment.

More information about Honours in Science.

The Faculty of Science has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its postgraduate research programs across a wide range of science disciplines. With significant levels of funding from various research councils and bodies, and the provision of major research facilities, the faculty is committed to providing leading education and research training to its students.

There are a range of research programs available, depending on which stage you are at in your academic career. Whether at the doctoral or masters level, you undertake self-directed, supervised research in your specialised area of science, and produce a thesis considered to be a substantially original contribution to the subject concerned. The honours year in science provides a research training pathway to our higher research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MSc).

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $9,359 total course cost.
International Students: $46,500 per year full-time


1 year full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 61.5% (national average 67.0%)
Improved skills: 84.4% (national average 85.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 82.7% (national average 83.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 59.0% (national average 57.2%)
Studying full time: 47.9% (national average 45.2%)
Median full time salary: $54,000 (national average $55,300)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 036745F
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: BHSCIENH2ADV

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours), you must:

  1. have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) from the University of Sydney,
  2. have completed a relevant major (i.e., a minimum of 24 cre