This course gives high-achieving Bachelor of Arts graduates the opportunity to undertake advanced study in their chosen discipline.
As a student, you’ll undertake both coursework and a substantial research project (thesis) under the supervision of an academic with a professional research record. Conducting your own research will allow you to focus on an area of particular interest to you, and give you the opportunity to contribute to wider debates within your discipline.
The skills you will acquire in a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) will enhance your future career prospects in a broad range of occupations. Furthermore, undertaking honours will provide you with a new level of intellectual stimulation and personal enrichment.
The research training that Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates receive makes them eligible to apply for entry to masters and doctoral research programs.Read More
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course requires the completion of 8 credit points of study at level 4. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14 000/16 000 words. Where creative works form a significant part of the assessment, they must be accompanied by an exegesis of at least 6 000 words, depending on the discipline area. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required. Students are also required to complete
Course work units
Total equivalent units
Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.
The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the following disciplines:
(i) The School of Communication and Creative Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Burwood (Melbourne) to all students, to Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students and Cloud (online) students subject to agreement with the Honours Co-ordinator.
(ii) For disciplines in the creative arts (Animation and Motion Capture, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Media and Communication, Photography, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design) please refer to A450 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours)
(iii) For disciplines in communication (Journalism, Public Relations, Media and Communication) please refer to A451 Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the following disciplines:
(i) Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).
- Course notes:
(i) Honours students who commenced prior to 2015 to contact the Faculty Honours Student Advisor in the Student Services Office for enrolment advice.
(ii) Students enrolling in Trimester 2 will commence part-time but may convert to full-time study in the following year. Course completion may be 18 months to 2 years.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Applicants in the following disciplines Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy, Language, Middle East Studies, and Australian Studies are also advised to read further information and complete requirements – see Information and Application form
Applicants in the following disciplines Children's Literature, Literary Studies, and Professional and Creative Writing are also advised to read further information and complete requirements – see Information and Application form
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
As a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate you will be well placed to enter the workforce in areas associated with your chosen specialisation. You will also acquire a combination of a broad range of specialised and general skills, often demanded by today's employers.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Acquire coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in a Humanities or Social Science discipline including Creative and Professional Writing, Children’s Literature, Anthropology, Australian Studies, Criminology, History, Languages, International Relations, Literary Studies, Middle East Studies, Politics or Sociology.
Acquire advanced knowledge of research principles and methods.
Apply this knowledge with initiative and judgement in planning and executing a piece of research and scholarship.
|Demonstrate advanced oral, written and electronic communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to diverse audiences and in the production of scholarly papers.|
|Acquire advanced technical skills in the use of a range of digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate information and resources in a rapidly-changing global environment.|
|Employ intellectual independence and advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills to critically analyse, evaluate and apply appropriate theories and methodologies in finding solutions to complex problems.|
|Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and cognitive and technical skills to review, analyse, identify and apply solutions to complex problems in the Humanities and Social Sciences.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, well-developed judgement and adaptability in learning and professional contexts and accountability for personal actions and in undertaking research and in the communication of research outcomes.|
|Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community.|
|Demonstrate an advanced understanding and awareness of ethical issues, cultural diversity, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community.|
Approved by Faculty Board May 2014
How to apply
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Faculty contact information
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100