- Why study Honours?
- What does Honours involve?
- Am I eligible for Honours?
- How do I apply for Honours?
- How will my program be structured?
- Who should I contact if I have questions?
- Resources for current honours students
Honours provides you with skills that are highly sought after by employers. Specifically you will obtain advanced training in research design and methods, gain experience in conducting independent research and gain advanced communication skills. Students who do very well during their honours year may be eligible to go onto a research higher degree (Master or PhD).
To learn more about honours you are encouraged to attend the information session that is held in September or to make an appointment with the honours coordinator. During this session students are given more information about the honours year and the School's expectations of students.
Honours within the School of Social Science can be taken within the following programs and fields:
The honours program teaches:
- critical analysis
- advanced research methods
- incisive reading skills
- improved communication skills
- improved interpersonal skills
- independent learning
- how to plan, research and produce a substantial project
You will develop these skills by:
- studying in a seminar environment at a more in-depth level than is possible at undergraduate level
- working through research ideas with others in seminars and outside class
- writing a thesis (a long research essay on a topic of your choice), with the help of a supervisor
Honours is a fourth year of study following completion of your undergraduate degree. During this fourth year you complete:
- Advanced course work in research design, theory, and cross disciplinary communication (50%)
- Independent research on a topic of your choosing & 12,500 word thesis (50%)
Students wishing to enrol in honours must meet the listed entry requirements as per Courses and Programs. Individual discipline/program entry requirements can be found on the Honours Entry Requirements page.
In the first instance, we strongly recommend you attend our honours information session and honours proposal writing working (please see Honours Important Dates for details) as these will provide a lot of information about the application process.
Another important step is to approach a prospective supervisor who will assist you to develop a clear idea for your project. Please visit the Our People page for a list of our academics and their respective research areas.
When you have a supervisor and an idea for your project, you are ready to complete your application! Please visit our Honours - How To Apply page for further details.
Honours can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and there is some flexibility in how you complete your #16 units of study. Please see the honours program structure page for more detailed information.
Dr Jon Prangnell (Honours Coordinator)
Miss Alison Buckley (Student Administration Officer)