Honours in the School of Geosciences


Honours is a widely recognised and highly regarded year of study available to students who have recently completed their undergraduate degree. Honours is a unique opportunity for students to explore their research potential by designing an independent project and producing a thesis of their work. Students who have completed an Honours year are significantly more likely to gain employment in an area related to their field of study, compared to students who have completed a 3-year science degrees.

The School of Geosciences offers Honours in Geography, Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Studies. Honours in these disciplines involves coursework and requires an original research project to be undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor (and sometimes a co-supervisor), and the presentation of this in the form of a thesis with a maximum of 20,000 words. There is also a final presentation of the research. Coursework requirements vary between disciplines.

Entry into the Honours program generally requires completion of a Credit average in Senior Units of Study in either the Geography or Geology & Geophysics majors, and a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65. In some years when the number of applicants exceeds resources (availability of supervisors, laboratory space, etc.) offers will be made according to academic merit. The general process for enrolling in Honours is as follows:

Each September, the University holds an Honours Information Week. During this week, the School of Geosciences holds an Honours information session. Intending Honours students should seek to attend this session. In 2017 this session will be held on Wednesday 13th September in Room 449 Madsen from 2-3pm or if there is industrial action, on Wednesday 20th September in Room 336 Madsen from 2-3pm.
During the final semester of undergraduate studies, intending Honours students should informally discuss their potential candidature with academics who may feasibly act as their supervisor.
Before the University deadline (30 November for currently enrolled students), apply for online for admission to Honours at the University of Sydney through Sydney Student.
Students are officially notified in January of their formal acceptance into the Honours program.

Current Honours Projects

Supervisor Honours Topics Email
Prof Phil McManus Sustainable cities, human-animal relations, environmental management, urban forestry/greening, impact assessment, and similar topics phil.mcmanus@sydney.edu.au
Dr Sophie Webber Sophie’s research interests include the politics and economies of climate change and development in South East Asia and the Pacific, particularly concerning circulations of knowledge and finance. Potential Honours research topics might fall under the following themes:
* Climate change adaptation and resilience
* The politics of climate science and climate finance
* Market-based environmental governance and policy
* International development, including evidence based policy in international development
Earthbyte Group projects More information here