Apply for an Honours year

Honours is a fourth year of study that continues from a 3-year undergraduate degree. It’s a 1-year specialisation related to your undergraduate study.

There are two ways of doing an Honours degree; an extra year after completing your Bachelor degree, or direct entry 4-year combined bachelor and honours degrees and you apply for those via SATAC.

The information below focuses on the extra year after a Bachelor degree.

Why do Honours?

Honours is a qualification that demonstrates your capacity to undertake study at an advanced level in your area and it will help you progress to doing a research higher degree.

Even if you’re not interested in further study, an Honours degree will help your job prospects.

What Honours degrees are available?

Honours is available in most subject areas.

Entry into Honours is highly competitive. If you have demonstrated academic excellence (a Grade Point Average of 5.00 or above) during your Bachelor degree you are invited to apply for Honours.

Whether you’re invited to apply, or you want to apply, you will need to contact the Honours coordinator in your discipline to discuss your project and make arrangements for supervision.

Search for an Honours course coordinator (select the degree you’re interested in to display course coordinator information).

For all courses except those listed underneath, use the Honours Application Form (PDF).

More information and how to apply for Honours in the areas below:

You can apply for Honours at any time but will need to do so well before your Honours topics commence in semester 1 or 2, to give enough time for approvals.

Honours degrees are still classified as undergraduate so if you are a domestic student you will be able to continue deferring your Student Contribution through HECS-HELP provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you’re an international student you will need to pay your fees upfront. While eligible for Commonwealth support, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to defer their student contribution amounts to HECS-HELP.

View the scholarships available for Honours students.