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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.
The University may regard an applicant as eligible for Honours if they have:
- achieved a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65
- completed a statement of intent or school equivalent
- evidence of an appointment of a principal supervisor by the Dean of School
- demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline
The University may also prescribe other conditions for admission to specified Honours programs.
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
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 some Honours courses have only 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). Applications are accepted all year and candidates are offered places in the next available teaching session for the course.
You will need to submit all of the following information for your application to be considered:
- current academic transcript of all previous study not undertaken at Western Sydney University
- 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
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
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
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 2017 - submit application by 17 February 2017. 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 2017 - Not on offer.School contact for enquiries
School of Nursing and Midwifery
A statement of approximately 500 words which describes your research proposal and outlines the area of nursing in which you are interested e.g. aged care nursing or medical nursing.Closing Date
Autumn Session 2017 commencement - submit application by 31 January 2017. Applications received by this date are guaranteed consideration for commencement in Autumn 2017.
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 2017 - Not on offer.School contact for enquiries
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Applicants are offered places based on their Psychology units AAM (Average Admission Mark) and a Statement of Intent. The complete Statement of Intent should be no more than 1000 words long and include three main components, an overview of your commitment to the discipline of psychology, a synopsis of your areas of research interest, and an indication of your further training intentions.
The overview of your commitment to the discipline of psychology should include examples of your commitment to the discipline from either a professional and/or research perspective. Examples can include related work experience, membership of professional bodies, attendance at seminars and colloquia or anything else that you believe demonstrates your commitment to the discipline.
The synopsis of your areas of research interest should list your three main areas of research interest in order of preference and include a research proposal based on a topic from one of those areas. The research proposal (recommended length approximately 500 words) should discuss key research and theories related to the proposed topic area. It should also identify and justify a specific hypothesis or research question to be investigated based on the literature reviewed and describe a proposed method to investigate that hypothesis/research question.
You should conclude with a brief description of your future training intentions (PhD, Masters etc), including a short discussion of why you are targeting those particular pathways.
The 1000 word limit will be strictly enforced (excluding references) and factors such as formatting and clarity of expression will also be considered.
Autumn Session 2017 commencement - submit application by 31 October 2016. No applications will be accepted after the closing date.
Spring 2017 - Not on offerSchool contact for enquiries
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Together with the completed application, the applicant must submit a 500 to 1000 word research proposal that outlines the research questions, background, research methodology and expected outcomes of the Honours research project.Closing Date
Autumn Session 2017 commencement - submit application by 31 January 2017.
Spring Session 2017 commencement - Submit application by 26 June 2017
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.School contact for enquiries
Dr Stephen Weissenhofer (opens in a new window)