Honours at UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is your opportunity to generate new knowledge and understanding for current and future generations. Our programs are for those of you who are curious, creative and analytical and above all, passionate about an area of study. 

Program Structure

Honours programs are 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 Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Admission to Honours is subject to approval from 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're in a single degree program you must graduate from your bachelor degree before enrolling in the one-year honours program.

Double Degrees

If you are in a double degree program (for example, Music/Arts), you may enrol in the Honours program prior to completing the requirements for the double 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 undergraduate 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.

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.

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).

Our honours degrees allow you to embark on a significant independent research project and advanced coursework study. Explore our wide range of programs from Science, to Design, Education and much more.

See our key contacts for a list of the honours course convenors for each School. Our course convenors will help you to stay on track, and also to explore further academic activities.

UNSW Fees will provide you with all information regarding student fees, payments, financial assistance, how to pay and more.