Honours and Graduate Diploma
If you have achieved good results in our School’s programs of study, and you have an interest in developing your understanding of one of our disciplines, then you should consider applying for Honours Study. Honours Study is an additional year of study (or two years in part-time) which allows high-achieving students to explore their chosen field of study in depth, while acquiring experience of independent research.
Honours Study provides the opportunity to:
- Deepen your understanding of your chosen field of study, through small-group seminars with a select group of peers.
- Receive close one-to-one supervision and mentoring by a member of our staff.
- Choose and pursue your own research project, in a structured and supportive environment.
- Further develop your skills at reading, writing and critical thinking.
- Demonstrate that you are capable of independent research and project-management.
- Take the first steps towards possible post-graduate study, such as Master of Arts by Research (MA) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).
The School of Humanities currently offers Honours Study in Environmental Humanities, History and Philosophy. Combined Honours may be undertaken in conjunction with another minor or major stream, subject to the agreement of the relevant program coordinators.
Requirements for Entry
Entry into Honours Study requires a major in the area in which you wish to pursue Honours Study, and a WAM of 70.0 or higher in that stream. Admission is subject to the approval of the Honours program co-ordinator, and requires evidence of appropriate supervision arrangements. Mid-year entry applications are accepted.
If you wish to pursue advanced study in one of our disciplines, but you do not meet the eligibility criteria above, you might still be eligible for a Graduate Diploma. See below for more details.
Honours Program Structure
Honours Study involves 48 UOC, of which 18 UOC correspond to 3 Honours-level classes, and 30 UOC correspond to your research thesis.
The 18UOC of coursework required for Honours Study includes 1 List-A interdisciplinary course and 2 List-B (disciplinary) courses.
In Semester 1 2013, the following List-A courses are on offer:
- ARTS4100 A: Thesis Writing Skills (6 UOC)
- ARTS4140 A: Key Concepts in History and Society (6 UOC)
- ARTS4141 A: Engaging with Ideas in Context (6 UOC)
Honour students in the School of Humanities will also need to take the following List B courses:
These courses will combine an interdisciplinary thesis workshop with discipline-specific seminar series, in Environmental Humanities, History and Philosophy.
To complete your Honours Study you must submit a research thesis. Writing an Honours thesis will help you develop your capacity for independent, sustained research, and demonstrate your ability to pursue further, high-level research in your chosen discipline. The writing of your thesis will be supervised by one of our members of staff.
Grading of Honours
When you undertake Honours Study your final result will be graded as follows:
- First-class Honours (I): 85% and above
- Upper second (IIa): 75-84%
- Lower second (IIb): 65-74%
- Third (III): 50-64%
If you wish to pursue advanced study in Environmental Humanities, History, or Philosophy but you do not meet the eligibility criteria for entry into one of our Honours programs, you might still be able to pursue a Graduate Diploma. A Graduate Diploma is awarded upon the completion of 48 UOC, of which 12 UOC are devoted to Honours-level coursework and 36 UOC to a research thesis. This option is primarily intended for students who have achieved excellent marks in their undergraduate study and who wish to pursue graduate-level study in Environmental Humanities, History, or Philosophy, but who are not eligible for Honours Study because they do not have a major in that discipline. Applications are assessed on an individual basis. For more details, please contact the relevant Honours program coordinator.
How to Apply
If you are currently enrolled at UNSW, then you need to complete the FASS Honours Application form and submit it to the FASS Student Centre (ground floor Morven Brown building, 9385 2289, firstname.lastname@example.org). You can find information about deadlines and download the application form here.
External Domestic and International Applicants:
If you are not currently enrolled at UNSW all applications and enquiries must be directed to:
For Domestic applicants:
Admissions Office (Honours)
Sydney NSW 2052
Phone: +61 2 9385 3228
Fax: +61 2 9662 4241
Application forms can be downloaded here (PDF).
For International applicants:
Direct Admissions Office
Sydney NSW 2052
Phone: +61 2 9385 3656
Fax: +61 2 9662 1049
Apply online at https://apply.unsw.edu.au
For further information please contact the School of Humanities Honours Coordinator:
- Dr Markos Valaris: email@example.com