Adding an honours degree to your qualification allows you to enhance focus on your research skills and significantly enhances your employment opportunities.
"It was an easy decision to come back and do honours so that I could learn in this incredible environment for another year of study. I have progressed even further as a player and am far more experienced, confident, directed and motivated as a musician."
Honours is an intensive year-long program which involves advanced coursework and research that allows you to focus on your area of expertise, after you have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in the relevant area.
Undertaking an Honours degree provides you with the opportunity to engage with a discipline you have a passion for, while developing your academic skills. Develop your research alongside our world-renowned researchers; Honours students are partnered with an academic mentor who oversees, supports and encourages student intellectual growth through the production of an Honours thesis.
Students will usually undertake honours full-time, however, in some disciplines it is possible to complete Honours over two years on account of special circumstances.
An honours degree is the prerequisite for entry to a Higher Degree by Research at the Masters and Doctorate levels.
Why study Honours?
An Honours degree can provide you with a competitive advantage in your career, or place you on track towards a PhD, however, you don't have to follow an academia path. Many of our students undertake an Honours course to fine tune their research skills, gain critical knowledge and enhance their employment opportunities. Our graduates are the most employable in South Australia. (2017 QS Graduate Employability rankings)
* Expression of interest to be submitted by 30 November for Semester 1 commencement the following year and 12 July for mid-year entry.
Explore our programs
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
- Bachelor of Criminology (Hons)
- Bachelor of International Development (Hons)
- Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons)
- Bachelor of Media (Hons)*
- Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management (Hons)
- Bachelor of International Relations (Hons)
- Bachelor of Languages (Hons)
- Bachelor of Music (Hons)
- Bachelor of Sociology (Hons)
The prerequisite 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. This will be advised by us once we have received your application.
*Bachelor of Media (Hons) is available to students who have completed the Bachelor of Media (or approved equivalent) to an appropriate standard.
Entry Requirements of an Arts Honours Program for Non-Arts Students:
For any non-Arts student who is interested in applying for any of an Arts honours program, you are required to complete 24 units of an Arts major in the same discipline area of your intended honours studies. The 24 units must comprise a maximum of 6 units at Level I, 6 units at Level II and 6 units at Level III, plus mandatory completion of the relevant 6-unit capstone course.
How to apply
Students who are identified as high-performing third-year undergraduate arts students are invited to submit an expression of interest form. If you don't receive an invitation, you are still welcome to submit an expression of interest.