Honours

Are you passionate about your area of study?

Are you curious, creative and analytical?

Honours at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is your opportunity to generate new knowledge and understanding for current and future generations.

Program structure

Honours programs are a one year full time advanced undergraduate degrees for high achieving students. They are offered as separate, stand-alone programs of 48 units of credit.

These programs allow you to connect your undergraduate study with the opportunity to embark on a significant independent research project and advanced coursework study.

Our Honours programs may be completed either full-time or part-time.

A pathway to further research

An Honours year will advance your analytical and research skills, deepen your knowledge of your discipline area, and allow you to find solutions to complex social and global problems with intellectual independence.

It is your pathway into a graduate research degree, including a Master of Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Honours degree programs

The Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences (Honours)

For students that have completed the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Research and Policy and Bachelor of International Studies at UNSW, or equivalent study at another institution, who wish to study Honours in their undergraduate major area.

Available study areas include:

  • Asian studies
  • Chinese studies
  • Creative writing (from 2015)
  • Criminology
  • Dance studies
  • Development studies
  • English
  • Environmental humanities
  • European studies
  • Film studies
  • French studies
  • German studies
  • Hispanic studies
  • History
  • International relations
  • Japanese studies
  • Korean studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media, culture and technology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Sociology and anthropology
  • Theatre and performance studies

The Bachelor of Social Research and Policy (Honours)

For students that have completed the Bachelor of Social Research and Policy at UNSW, or equivalent study at another institution, who wish to study Honours in Social Research or Policy.

The Bachelor of Media (Honours)

For students that have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Media programs (Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism and Communication, Screen and Sound Production), or equivalent study at another institution.

The Bachelor of Criminology (Honours)

For students that have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice or equivalent study at another institution.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours)

For students that have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Education dual degree programs or equivalent study at another institution.

The Bachelor of Music (Honours)

For students that have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Music or equivalent study at another institution.

Entry requirements

Admission to Honours is subject to approval of the Head of School and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Candidates should therefore note that the minimum qualifications for entry to the various plans will not guarantee automatic admission.


Internal UNSW applicants

Single degree programs

If you are in a single degree program you must graduate from your Bachelor degree before enrolling in the one year Honours program.

Dual degree programs

If you are in a dual degree program (for example, Music/Arts), you may enrol in the Honours program prior to completing the requirements for the dual degree program. To do so you must have completed 144 units of credit, including all requirements for the relevant degree.


All applicants

Students must have completed the relevant UNSW undegraduate degree program for their Honours program of interest or equivalent recognised Level 7 qualification at another institution with a major in a stream offered in the program.

Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher (or equivalent) in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied.

How to apply

How to apply

Step 1:

Contact the Honours Convenor in the relevant School to discuss your eligibility, research topic and Honours program options.

Step 2:

All applications (current UNSW students and external) are to submit an online application.   

Current UNSW students are not required to pay the application fee.

Honours coordinators

How to enrol

1. Accept your offer online at my.unsw.edu.au.

2. Refer to the Online Handbook to find out the courses in which you need to enrol.

3. Fill in the Honours Enrolment form. The Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre will send the enrolment form to successful applicants and continuing students.

4. Ask your honours convenor to approve your enrolment form via email or in person.

5. Submit your completed enrolment form to the Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre (Email: arts@unsw.edu.au / Location: Ground floor, Morven Brown building).

Honours mark and classes of honours

The Honours mark for the awarding of the class of Honours is based on all components of the program. It will be determined from the student's weighted average mark for all of the courses (coursework and thesis/research project).

Honours will be awarded in the following classes, based on the student's WAM rounded off to the nearest whole number:

  • Class 1: WAM of 85 and above
  • Class 2 Division 1: WAM of 75 to 84
  • Class 2 Division 2: WAM of 65 to 74
  • Class 3: WAM of 50 to 64

University Medal

An Honours student may be nominated for a University Medal in line with the University Medal Policy (PDF) and Procedures (PDF).

Fees

For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please visit the UNSW Fees website.