School of Social Sciences

Anthropology and Sociology

Further information


Honours Coordinator:

Student Services


Thesis Coversheet

Please print THREE copies of your thesis then sign and attach a copy of the coversheet to each thesis.

Theses titles

Honours Information Guide

Selecting a Thesis Topic

Applications for a fourth year of study in Anthropology or Sociology close in December. This includes honours, master's preliminary and post graduate diplomas. The Honours Information Guide provides a useful outline of the Honours program

  1. Benefits
  2. Structure
  3. Eligibility
  4. Enrolling
  5. After enrolment
  6. University Policy on the Honours Award


Students enrol in a fourth year of study for a number of reasons:

  • A desire to continue study through interest, or to broaden and deepen their knowledge;
  • Gain an introduction to postgraduate study including Masters and PhD study. A first class honours degree may help secure a postgraduate scholarship to do further study
  • Acquire further skills and knowledge in preparation for employment.

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Honours, master's preliminary and postgraduate diplomas follow a similar format.

  • 24 points worth of coursework seminars split into four 6 point semester units)
  • A 24 point dissertation (split into two 12 point semester halves)

Students may apply to be admitted to honours after completing their BA pass degree. The honours course can be taken over two semesters full-time or three to four semesters part-time. Periods of time taken away from the study of the honours course should be applied for via an Approved Leave Application form. If students encounter medical or personal difficulties that hamper their progress it is possible to extend the honours time limit by up to two semesters with special permission from the Faculty on the recommendation of the discipline group(s) concerned. Work commitments rarely justify extension of the honours time limit. 


A normal full time enrolment requires students take two coursework units per semester. These consist of one theoretical and one practical/methodology class per semester. Students also participate in a thesis writing seminar that runs through the year:


ANTH4101 Applied and Professional Practice 1(Semester 1)

ANTH4102 Applied and Professional Practice 2 (Semester 2)

ANTH4103 Anthropological Epistemology (Semester 1)

ANTH4104 Contemporary Issues (Semester 2) 


The fourth year of study allows the comprehensive treatment of a topic of choice in the research, writing and presentation of a thesis. Theses are judged on the student's ability to state and address a question or proposition, synthesise concepts and  data, and demonstrate independence of thought and familiarity with a body of literature. Theses are also judged on the student's ability to argue cogently and lucidly. We place considerable emphasis on the structuring of an argument, the demonstration of critical thinking and correct presentation.

The thesis should be approximately 15,000 words.

The thesis is developed principally with the student's supervisor. Students will be allocated a supervisor based upon their chosen topic and staff availability. While students are encouraged to select a research topic to suit their own interests, they are also encouraged to draw on the areas of expertise available in the discipline group.


Please click below for downloadable versions of the following documents:



Faculty of Arts

  • Completion of a pass degree

  • Half of the pass degree points (usually 72 points) at 65 per cent and above

  • ANTH1101 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society AND ANTH1102 Global Change, Local Responses OR Equivalent; any two second-year semester units in anthropology and sociology and any four third-year units in Anthropology and Sociology

  • The approval of both the Discipline group Honour's Coordinator and the Faculty
  • Part-time and mid-year enrolments are permitted

Joint and Cognate Honours

It is possible to take a joint Honours course. The program has to be approved by both of the discipline groups concerned and the Faculty. Students are expected to have completed a major in both areas of study and must take an absolute minimum of 18 points from each of the two disciplines to qualify for joint Honours (some disciplines may require more). Students wishing to undertake a smaller amount of study in a second discipline during their Honours year may be eligible for a cognate Honours program. Students who do not meet the standard requirements may still apply for admissioin to Honours, but a special case needs to be made.


The process for applying for Honours is outlined below:

  1. Students who wish to apply for Honours should approach the Honours coordinator(s) of the discipline group(s) concerned shortly before they expect to complete their degree.
  2. Discuss their Honours eligibility and proposed program of study with the Honours coordinator during the enrolment period.
  3. Applications are available online via Student Connect (for current UWA students) and open in October in the year prior to semester 1 and in May for commencement in semester 2. Students who have not completed their degree at UWA should enrol online via the OASys application system found on the UWA website. Deadlines for enrolments in honours.
  4. The Discipline approves or rejects the application and informs the Faculty. The Faculty checks eligibility including marks for the current semester's units.
  5. If students are approved by the Faculty, Student Administration will send an email to their student account (or via the OASys system online application portal for external applications) inviting them to enrol in Honours with instructions on how to accept their offer and enrol online. The Faculty will then send a letter outlining their course pathway as approved by the Discipline Honour's Coordinator

After Enrolment

Once you have enroled:

  • Students should start thinking about their thesis topic.
  • Students will receive copies of the first semester courses and a thesis guideline in the week before the commencement of semester.
  • The thesis guideline is also available on the website and from the Honours Coordinator.
  • In the first week of semester students must provide a few sentences about their chosen thesis topic so that you can be allocated a supervisor.
  • Agree on a topic with your supervisor.
  • Define what you must do throughout the period of your research.
  • Identify critical points of progress and assessment.
  • Read the semester timetable and record important events in your diary.
  • Create your own timetable and study plan to ensure you know what is involved and can complete the degree requirements.
  • Reassess your plans regularly.


University Policy on the Honours Award

For information regarding the structure, results, supervision, assessment and adjudication of the Honours Award, refer to the University Policy on the Honours Award.

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