Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,256 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au 

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code001816G
Deakin course code A400

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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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 My Course My Career

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.

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 and Criminology are offered 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 the Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Cloud (online).

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program in their undergraduate major sequence.

Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.

How to apply

This course requires further information in support of your application. 

For Honours in in the disciplines of:  Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy, Language, Middle East Studies and Australian Studies – please refer to the application document –  BA Hons A400 Application on the following site: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/shss/courses/honours/index.php

For Honours in the disciplines of Children’s Literature, Literary Studies or Professional and Creative Writing, please refer to the application document - BA Hons A400 Application on the following site: http://www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/study-areas/honours

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.