Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code001816G
Deakin course codeA400

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) provides students with the opportunity to study their chosen discipline area at an advanced level. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduates are eligible to apply for entry to masters and doctoral research programs.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program will provide intellectual stimulation, academic achievement and personal enrichment. You will be given the opportunity to undertake a substantial and original research project whilst being under the supervision of an academic with a proven research record. The skills acquired will enhance your future career prospects in a broad range of occupations in both private and public sectors, giving you an edge, compared with a straight undergraduate pass degree.

You will undertake study at a higher level than your previously completed undergraduate degree, both in your honours coursework units and when you carry out research for your thesis. The thesis allows you to focus on an area of particular interest to you, and provides the opportunity to make a contribution to knowledge and wider debates in your discipline.

Areas of study available in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) are Children’s Literature, Literary Studies, Professional and Creative Writing, Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Languages, Politics, Philosophy, Middle East Studies and Australian Studies.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,256Not applicable$24,120

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

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.

Discipline sequences

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.


(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.


(i) Anthropology and Criminology are offered via located learning at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online) mode. 

(ii) Australian Studies, History, International Relations, Languages, Middle East Studies, Politics, Philosophy and Sociology are all offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online) mode.

Childrens Literature, Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing

AAR410Critical Creative Research Methods

AAR412Honours Research Theory A

AAR422Honours Research Theory B

ALX420Honours Research Project A

ALX421Honours Research Project B

ALX422Honours Research Project C

ALX423Honours Research Project D

and either:

AAR413Honours Literature Discipline Unit


AAR414Honours Writing Discipline Unit


For further information please contact the Honours Coordinator:

Literary Studies:

Dr Ann Vickery

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel (03) 9244 3960


Childrens Literature:

Dr Elizabeth Bullen

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne)

Tel (03) 9244 3965


Professional and Creative Writing:

Dr Antonia Pont

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel (03) 9244 6205


Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International relations, Politics, Language, Middle East Studies, Australian Studies, Philosophy


(i) Honours students who commenced prior to 2014 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.

AIX493Honours Research Design

AIX494Honours Thesis Presentation

AIX497Honours Theory and Debates in the Discipline

AIX499Honours, Reading in the Discipline

Thesis units

AIX495Honours Thesis A (2 credit points)

AIX496Honours Thesis B (2 credit points)

For further information please contact the School Honours Coordinator:

Dr George Duke

Campus: Burwood (Melbourne)

Tel: (03) 925 17848