Honours students in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences are highly valued and the College recognises Honours as a significant, transitional year between undergraduate studies and postgraduate study or employment; Honours prepares the way for high achievement in both.

Applications for Honours are invited from ANU students and from students who have studied at other universities.

A variety of Honours programs, including single and combined Honours, are available to students with an excellent record in their previous undergraduate studies. In each Honours program students have the opportunity to undertake higher level coursework and carry out an independent research project under the guidance of a specialist academic supervisor. 

Research areas

On the ANU Research site you can search for details about ANU researchers and publications, browse researcher profiles, and flag profiles of interest.

Staff research interests within the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences include the following:

Course structure

The structure of Honours in each area varies but in all programs a designated weighting is allocated to both coursewwork and research thesis components. With some exceptions - notably in practice-based areas - courses commonly involve 24 units of advanced level coursework courses and a 50% (18 – 20,000 words) or above weighted thesis.

Honours programs are comprised of 48 units and are normally taken over a two-semester period. With approval, Honours may be taken part time over four semesters. 

Available Honours programs and entry requirements

Please check Programs and Courses for details.

Please note that there is no mid year entry for Political Science and International Relations Honours.


Students should discuss possible supervisory arrangements with an area convenor prior to applying. You can also browse staff research areas.

Interested in how current Honours students are assessed?

Information is available for current students on applying and submitting their Honours theses.

How to apply

See How to apply for Honours in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.

See also the Honours Frequently Asked Questions page.




Each year a number of Honours scholarships are offered. Visit the scholarships page for further information.

The deadline for submission is 30 November for both first and second semester entry.

Further information

Detailed information regarding Honours programs, including admission requirements, prerequisites, and career possibilities is published in the ANU online handbook (see Available Honours programs and entry requirements above). 

You can seek specific guidance on Honours matters from the local area convenor.  For advice about transitioning to Honours, explore some of the resources from the ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre.

You can also take a look at the Honours Frequently Asked Questions.



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