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A Bachelor degree with Honours is the most effective means of qualifying for higher degrees (PhD or MPhil) in the future. Working closely with your supervisor, you will complete an additional year of your degree, focusing on one of your majors. You will study further advanced coursework and write a thesis on a research topic of your choice.

Honours programs are comprised of 48 units and are normally taken over two semesters. With approval, you can take Honours part time over four semesters.

Honours is combined with the undergraduate CASS degree (or equivalent) that you graduated with. Information regarding the different honours programs, including entry requirements, can be found at the following links:

Bachelor of Archaeological Practice (Honours)

Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Classical Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)

Bachelor of Design Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of European Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)


Bachelor of Languages (Honours)

Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Political Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours)

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

More information about Honours is available in the 2017 Honours and Masters Guide.

Honours application deadline

Students wishing to commence  Honours in Semester 1 2018 must submit their application by Tuesday, 31 October 2017.  See the Honours forms section below for the relevant application forms.

Research topics

You will write a thesis on a research topic of your choice under your convenor's supervision. Disciplines available for supervison are:

Arabic and Islamic Studies

Archaeology & Anthropology

Music Philosophy Sociology
Visual Arts, Design Arts

Literature, Languages and Linguistics

History Politics & International Relations Psychology
Australian Indigenous studies Environment and Population health Applied Economics

Asia-Pacific Studies


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) specialisation(s) available, subject to meeting the entry requirements, to each Bachelor of Arts major can be found on the Honours Specialisations page.

How is Honours assessed?

In all programs weighting is allocated to both coursework and research thesis components. Coursework involves 24 units of advanced level coursework courses and a 50% or above weighted thesis (18,000–20,000 words).

Honours forms

You can find the honours online application and other useful forms here.


Contact your honours convenor or the CASS Student Office for guidance on Honours.
T 6125 2898

Updated:  24 November, 2017/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications