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If you are passionate about a particular subject, an Honours program will enable you to explore this area of study in greater depth, as well as build your research experience and further develop the skills from your undergraduate studies.

In most programs, Honours is an additional year of study (a fourth year) at undergraduate level, and includes some coursework units and a research thesis or project.


Entrance to an Honours course is normally through invitation by the School to students with a WAM (weighted average mark) of 70% or higher. Students who have a course average close to 70% and who have demonstrated an aptitude for research and independent study may apply to be considered for Honours.

In certain four-year degrees, such as Engineering, dependent on the student's total weighted course average and the final year project mark, students may be automatically awarded an Honours degree.

An Honours year normally consists of:

  • Both research and coursework units
  • One semester’s coursework study
  • Preparing a research proposal and methodology
  • Presenting the research results in a thesis

Why Honours?

Honours will give you the first big chance to 'stretch your legs' on your very own research project. Participating in research while you’re studying your Bachelor degree is an excellent opportunity to find out what's involved in Higher Degree by Research (HDR), such as Masters by Research or a doctoral qualification (PhD), and whether it suits your aspirations and career ambitions.

An Honours degree will:

  • Fast track your entry into a PhD or Professional Doctorate without completing a Masters by Research. It will also put you into an advantageous position for obtaining a scholarship for your further research studies.
  • Further consolidate your writing, critical thinking, analytical, communication and research skills, hone your project management and problem-solving ability, and make you stand out from the crowd as a future leader in your field.
  • Give you enhanced employment opportunities and provide you with an advantage in any research or professional career you pursue.

Why do Honours instead of a Postgraduate Coursework Degree?

Postgraduate coursework programs (e.g. Graduate Diploma and Master by Coursework courses) are valuable for professional development, career change and career development.

Entry to most postgraduate coursework programs usually require a undergraduate degree and/or industry experience.

Honours programs provide high calibre undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop and extend their research skills.

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