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Honours comprises a further year of study within a specialised Arts discipline area.

What is Honours?

Honours is an intensive year-long program which involves both advanced coursework and research (Honours can be studied part-time in certain circumstances). The program culminates in an extended piece of work (thesis) on a topic chosen in consultation with an academic supervisor. The Honours year is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor's degree with a major in the relevant area.

Entry into Honours is selective and the work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most of the disciplines taught within the Faculty of Arts. Students usually undertake honours full-time, however in some disciplines it is possible to complete Honours over two years on account of special personal or medical circumstances.

Why Study Honours?

  • to engage, in depth, with a discipline you have a passion or special aptitude for
  • to develop your research and writing skills to an advanced level
  • to meet people with similar interests and develop your professional networks
  • to significantly enhance your employment opportunities
  • Honours is the prerequisite for entry to a Higher Degree by Research at the Masters and Doctorate levels

Preparing for Honours

Students should plan for their Honours year as early as possible, e.g. first/second year, to ensure that the appropriate courses are studied during their Bachelor degree. The relevant Honours Convenor can provide advice, in addition to discussing a research proposal.

What is Studying Honours Like?

Therese McCarthyLearn more about what studying Honours is really like from past Honours student, Therese McCarthy.



Honours Programs

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Bachelor of International Development (Hons)
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Bachelor of International Relations (Hons)
Bachelor of Media (Hons)* Bachelor of Environmental Policy & Management (Hons)
Bachelor of Music (Hons)  Bachelor of Languages (Hons)

*Available to students who have completed the Bachelor of Media (or approved equivalent) to an appropriate standard.

Please note: Students who are accepted to study Honours in Psychology will enrol in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) degree. Please contact the Faculty of Health Sciences for further information.

Am I eligible for Honours?

The pre-requisite for entry into Honours is a completed Bachelor's degree with a major in your chosen discipline.  The grade average required differs from discipline to discipline  so you should consult the relevant Honours Convenor for further information. Generally a credit average of 70% or better in your major is required.

Please note if you are applying for entry into Honours in Music then you may have to attend an audition. The Faculty of Arts will let you know upon application if this is required.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Honours Convenor in the discipline of your choice to discuss your eligibility and interest. You will then need to submit an online expression of interest.

Expressions of interest for mid-year entry are now open for 2019 entry. Please note that applications received after the 30th of November may not receive equal consideration.

What happens once I apply?

You will be notified of the outcome by the discipline area to which you apply. If you are successful, the Faculty Office will contact you once your Honours program has been activated. See our Current Students page for more information.

Specialisations and Convenors

See current Honours Convenors.

School of Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Gender Studies & Social Analysis
  • Geography, Environment & Population
  • International Development
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Politics

School of Humanities

  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Media
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish Studies

Elder Conservatorium of Music

  • Music
  • Music (Classical Voice
  • Music (Music Composition)
  • Music (Education and Pedagogy)
  • Music (Music Performance – Classical)
  • Music (Music Performance – Jazz)
  • Music (Musicology)
  • Music (Popular Music)
  • Music (Sonic Arts)
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