Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study in a subject area, and includes a significant research thesis. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and is available in most subject areas taught in the Faculty, whether from Table A and taught by departments within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, or from Table B, taught by other faculties.
Please note, if a student is thinking of taking Honours in Psychology, they must have completed a Bachelor degree that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and these accredited degrees are listed on the School of Psychology website.
As well as the standard Honours program, it is also possible to complete either Double Honours or Joint Honours. Double Honours involves completing all the honours work in two subject areas, and thus would normally take an additional year. In Joint Honours, the two subject areas are more closely related to each other and a special program of study is designed for the student to complete the course concurrently in one year. The Joint Honours Study Plan form and policy can be found in the forms box on this page.
In each of these cases the student would need to complete the entry requirements for admission to Honours in each subject area the student intends to take Honours in, so for double and joint Honours this means completing entry requirements for Honours in two subject areas. It is advisable that the student starts planning for entry into Honours early in their undergraduate degree.
Admission to the Honours year requires successful completion of 48 senior credit points in the subject area that the candidate intends to study. These 48 senior credit points include completion of the major and completion of any specified core or Honours preparation units of study. Candidates must have achieved a credit average or higher across the 48 senior credit points. A student must also have the permission of the chair of the department, or program coordinator most concerned. Requirements for Honours in each subject area are outlined in the Arts and Social Sciences undergraduate handbook.
Students should plan for their Honours year as early as possible to ensure that the appropriate units are taken during their Bachelor degree. The relevant Honours Coordinator can offer advice.
It is necessary that students consult with the academic Honours Coordinator to discuss their research proposal. Proof of contact with the academic Honours coordinator must be provided with the application. This can be in the form of email correspondence between the student and the coordinator confirming contact.
For comprehensive information about Honours, entry requirements and application procedures, please see the Faculty Honours page.
Students are advised that if they are considering taking Honours, not to undertake Exchange in the final semester of their undergraduate degree. Delays in receiving and processing results for exchange units taken at the Host University may result in the student not being able to enrol in Honours before the semester commences. Students cannot enrol in Honours if requirements for their undergraduate degree are not met. These include any incomplete results from exchange or Summer/Winter School.