How to Apply for Honours

HONOURS

Students are invited to express interest in enrolling in the BABS Honours program by submitting the appropriate form/s. For all students, acceptance is contingent upon satisfying UNSW admission and academic requirements, and required resources being available within the School of BABS.

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Internal applicants (current UNSW students)
Local External Applicants
  • The BABS Honours application form must be submitted to the BSB Student Office, Room G27 Biological Sciences Building. Students are required to submit a copy of their academic transcript, a CV and brief list of interests with their application form.
  • The UNSW External Student Application Form must be submitted to UNSW UAC Admissions Office (details on the form).
External International Applicants

Please follow the steps outlined on the UNSW International Office website about how to apply.

  • Please note on your application that you are applying for the Honours year only. 
  • International students are also required to submit a BABS Honours Application Form to the BSB Student Office, Room G27 Biological Sciences Building.
  • International applicants are required to submit a copy of their academic transcript, a CV and brief list of interests with their application form with the BABS Honours application form.
Due Dates

Exact due dates can be found on the relevant forms, but please note the following general timeframes:

  1. BABS Honours application forms are due at the end of October for Semester 1 commencement and early June for Semester 2 commencement.
  2. External Student application forms are due early December for Semester 1 commencement and early May for Semester 2 commencement.
  3. International student applications are due 30 November for Semester 1 commencement and 30 May for Semester 2 commencement.

**  Click here for a timeline of the typical BABS Honours application process **

Forms
Choosing your Honours Project Preferences

When applying for Honours in BABS, applicants must list five choices of projects and supervisors in order of preference. Students are allocated to supervisors based on academic merit and available resources.

As the projects and/or supervisors nominated as your first choice may not be available, it is essential that you list five choices of project and supervisor in order of preference. Please note that three choices must be a project and supervisor within the School of BABS (in other words, a maximum of two choices may be external supervisors/projects).

NB: Applications will not be considered unless five project preferences are listed.

Finding potential projects and supervisors

Carefully review all the information in the current (2017) BABS Honours Booklet and decide which supervisors you wish to contact for further discussion. It is essential to spend time with prospective supervisors and discuss the details of potential projects before submitting your preferences.

Email is the preferred communication method. When contacting prospective supervisors, please ensure that you: 
(a) identify which research project you are interested in, and why
(b) indicate which semester you wish to commence your Honours year (semester 1 or 2)
(c) advise your availability times for a face-to-face interview
(d) attach a copy of your CV and academic transcript.