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Honours is the final year of an undergraduate degree.

It is a year in which you can specialise in either Politics or International Studies, or combine either discipline with another in a joint Honours program.

  • Why Study Honours?

    An honours degree taken in the Department of Politics & International Studies keeps your options open, and strengthens your opportunities in a range of fields. An Honours degree is a necessary qualification for anyone wishing to undertake postgraduate studies by research.

    Honours is a specialist qualification that rounds off your course of studies, opening up new career and employment opportunities. In fact, it is a qualification that is increasingly in demand by current employers in both the public and private sectors. In the future the possession of an advanced qualification of this kind is likely to become ever more necessary.

    Honours graduates have a well-recognised edge over students with a pass degree: employers appreciate the advanced training in research and analysis that an Honours degree provides. Honours graduates have moved into satisfying jobs in a variety of fields including:

    • Local government
    • Print and broadcast journalism
    • Publishing, advertising, marketing
    • Heritage and conservation
    • Research, administration and policy advising at all levels of government and business
    • Educational administration, education and business, as well as research careers in both the community and the academy

    Whatever the anticipated outcome, an Honours year is an immensely rewarding experience. It offers an opportunity of working closely with teachers and fellow students in small group settings quite unlike those that you will normally have encountered in your earlier years at university.

  • Who to contact


    Professor Tim Doyle
    Napier 509
    Telephone: 8313 3443

Apply for Honours

Department of Politics
& International Relations

Ground Floor, Napier Building


T: +61 8 8313 2084