School of Social Sciences

Honours

If you have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to excel in your chosen field of study, consider applying for honours at UWA.

You will build your oral and analytical skills by completing seminar-based coursework and develop your individual research skills by writing a dissertation.

Honours is available to current UWA students, as well as students who completed their undergraduate degree at another university.

  1. The honours course
  2. Benefits of honours
  3. Types of honours
  4. Requirements
  5. Applying
  6. Joint and cognate honours

The honours course

  • Honours is a one-year course that allows students to specialise in a subject they studied as a major.
  • Honours normally consists of seminar-based coursework and a dissertation, each worth the same number of points.
  • Honours can be studied full-time for one year, or part-time for up to two years.
  • Honours students generally specialise in one field, such as politics or communication studies. Some choose joint or cognate honours, combining two fields of study.
  • Honours gives you the opportunity to complete a dissertation, which is a large-scale, year-long research project written under the guidance of a supervisor.
  • You may apply to study honours once you have completed your undergraduate degree.

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Benefits of honours

Undertaking an honours program will provide you with:

  • Personal satisfaction: indulge your academic interests while gaining a higher qualification. Seminar and dissertation subjects cover a range of intellectually stimulating subjects.
  • Better employment prospects: completing honours demonstrates high-level analytical skills and the ability to work independently. Employers look for these qualities when recruiting.
  • Higher studies: honours is the usual prerequisite for admission to a master's or PhD program.

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Types of honours

There are three types of honours available in the School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences and School of Music.

1. End-on honours for UWA students

End-on honours is one additional year of study. UWA students must complete a major in a subject area before they can continue into honours. For example, you can't study Politics and History in your Bachelor of Arts and then do honours in Communication Studies.

2. End-on honours for external students

End-on honours is also available to students who completed their undergraduate degree at another university. These students must also have a major or equivalent in their intended honours area.

3. Concurrent honours

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course you to complete honours while you are completing the requirements for your undergraduate degree. This is known as concurrent honours.

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Requirements

To apply for honours, you need a major in the particular subject area with a satisfactory average in the Level 3 units of the chosen major. To see the requirements for your subject area please refer to the Honours specialisations on the Future Students website.

Some disciplines have additional requirements and you should contact the appropriate Honours Coordinator for further information.

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Applying

For information on how to apply, including deadlines for applications, see the Future Students website.

Current UWA students can apply via StudentConnect.

External applicants should apply via our Online Application System - OASys.

It is also recommended that you speak with the Honours Coordinator prior to applying, as they can advise you on supervision, pathways and entry requirements.

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Joint and cognate honours

If your interests span two different subject areas, consider applying for an Honours program which combines two discipline areas. For example, if you want to write a dissertation on politics in Asia, you may want to apply for Honours in 'Political Science and International Relations' joint or cognate with 'Asian Studies'.

Students intending to study joint or cognate programs should prepare a Course Pathway (aka Study Plan) with the relevant Honours Coordinators during the application process, and submit it to the Student Office for approval prior to semester start.

Read the honours policy and the joint / cognate advice sheet for further information.

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