A Bachelor Honours degree may be taken as an additional year following a three year degree or can be awarded on the basis of meritorious achievement in degrees of four or more years.

This information is for applicants looking to undertake an additional Honours year at the end of their degree. If you are a current Western Sydney University student enrolled in a degree with an embedded Honours program you should contact your School about eligibility and how to enrol in your Honours units.

If you are enrolled in your last session, or have no more than one full time session of study left in your degree you are eligible to apply for Honours courses at Western Sydney University.

Please note Honours courses have a limited number of places available. Applications for each intake must be submitted by the nominated closing date.

How to apply

You must apply using Apply Online (opens in a new window).

You will need to submit all of the following information for your application to be considered:

  • current academic transcript of all previous university study. Studies completed at Western Sydney University must be detailed in your application, however the university will access your transcript on your behalf.
  • Statement of Intent as detailed in the School specific information below
  • proof of change of name if your qualifications are in a name other than the name under which you are applying
  • proof of English proficiency if your studies were taken in a language other than English
  • some courses require a letter of support for your chosen area of research. Please see below under Course Specific Requirements for these details

All documentation presented must be correctly certified.


Bachelor Honours courses are Commonwealth Supported, with fees based on a student contribution. For more information on student contribution, please refer to the Student Contribution Information (opens in a new window)

Course Specific Requirements

What is the Statement of Intent?

The statement of intent indicates what research you would like to undertake in your Honours year. Each School has different requirements that you'll need to address, so make sure you check the requirements below for the School to which you are applying.

Closing Dates

The closing date for applications vary depending on the Honours course you wish to study and the School in which the research is undertaken. Some courses have strict closing dates, other courses will accept applications at anytime, but do have deadlines for each intake.


School of Law

  • 200700 Law Honours Dissertation
Statement of Intent

A statement of 500 to 1000 words which describes the proposed research in a scholarly manner. The statement should focus on the significance, aims, conceptual framework and/or methodology to be employed in the study. The statement should address any ethical issues involved in the proposed research, and include a relevant bibliography (up to 2 pages). Supervisory Panel Scott Mann should be consulted for advice on a suitable supervisor from the academic staff of the School of Law. A list of potential supervisors can be found on the Law School vUWS page.

Other Supporting Documentation

An application form available on the Law School vUWS hubsite should be completed and submitted. The application must be submitted (including the Statement of Intent) to the Honours Coordinator, Scott Mann, by the due date via the School of Law office at either campus. More information on the Law Honours Dissertation unit can be found on the Law School vUWS hubsite.

Closing Dates

Autumn Session 2021 - submit application by 16 February 2021. Applications received by the due date for the relevant session are guaranteed consideration for that session.

Applications received after this date will be accepted without penalty, but may not be considered in time to commence in the selected session.

Spring 2021 - Not on offer.

School contact for enquiries

Dr Scott Mann (opens in a new window)

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

  • 4529 Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) degree is a second award as nursing students must satisfy the requirements for State registration as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s pass before proceeding into an Honours program.

Admission Critieria

Admission to the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) course is determined on all of the following criteria being met:

  • Current registration as a registered nurse/midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency- Nursing and Midwifery, or eligibility for same.
  • Completion of Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery undergraduate degree with achievement of a threshold Average Admission Mark (AAM) equal to, or above, the minimum of 65.
  • A Statement of Intent of approximately 500 words outlining the proposed research topic area, aim and general method proposed to be used in the research study.
  • Appointment of a principal supervisor by the Dean, or nominee, of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline which will be assessed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) is not open to international student visa holders.

Closing Date

Autumn Session 2021 commencement - submit application by 31 January 2021. Applications received by this date are guaranteed consideration for commencement in Autumn 2021.

Applications received after the closing date will be accepted without penalty, but may not be considered in time to commence in the selected teaching session.

Spring 2021 - Not on offer.

School contact for enquiries

Dr Antoinette Cotton (opens in a new window)

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School of Social Science and Psychology

  • 1860 Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours)
Statement of Intent

Entry is limited to students who have completed the following courses at Western Sydney University in the last 10 years.

  • Bachelor of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology)
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Key Program in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws with a Key Program in Psychology

In addition, students must have obtained an Average Admission Mark of 70+ in Level 2 and 3, including Credit or higher grade in the majority of Level 2 and 3 psychology units.

Entry into Honours is restricted by supervisory capacity. Limited places are available in this course and meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee entry. Eligible students are selected in order of merit based on their Average Admission Mark in Level 2 and 3 units. There is no provision for deferring an offer of a place.


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made Direct to Western Sydney University.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

Closing Date

Autumn Session 2021 commencement - submit application by 31 October 2021. No applications will be accepted after the closing date.

Spring 2021 - Not on offer.

School contact for enquiries

Dr Nida Denson (opens in a new window)

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