Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

The University of Sydney

About Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours)

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 requires two undergraduate majors to have been completed.

This course extends your prior studies, deepening your expertise in your chosen field and enabling you to pursue further research, such as a PhD and equips you with attributes for a range of careers. 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 replaces 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.

While this course is our new standard honours offering, in some circumstances students will still be able to complete the traditional honours course. To find out more about other honours options visit, our Study honours page.

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.

Entry Requirements

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 of two 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.

NOTE: if you have not completed two majors in your degree or only completed or are on track to complete one major, you will be required to apply for honours through the following appended honours degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Design Computing (Honours) 

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:

  • Sydney Business School honours information
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences honours information can be found on relevant department pages
  • Faculty of Science honours information

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.

English Requirements

  • Min PTE: 61
  • Min IELTS: 6.5
  • Min TOEFL: 85


  • 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.
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Course Summary

Study level



Business and Management




1 year

Study mode

On Campus


A$49,500 per year
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