Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Choose one of the wide range of disciplines offered within the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and expand your knowledge and research skills.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full time

Campuses

Course information

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.

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Course structure

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

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    4

    Course work units

    4

    Research Project

    8

    Total equivalent units

    Disciplines

    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:

    Children's LiteratureLiterary Studies, and Professional and Creative Writing.

    Notes: 

    (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:

    Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy, Language, Middle East Studies, and Australian Studies.

    Notes:

    (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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A400
    CRICOS code
    001816G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    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).

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Admission Requirements Specific Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 inEnglish EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year. Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

     

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Helpful information

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship 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

    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.

    Communication

    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.  

    Digital literacy

    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.

    Critical thinking

    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.  

    Problem solving

    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. 

    Self-management

    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.  

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community. 

    Global citizenship

    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

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

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