An Arts Honours degree is a one-year full-time (or two-years part-time) degree (48 credit points in total) that follows the completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, normally in social sciences or the humanities.
This intensive and rewarding degree allows students to expand on the knowledge they developed in their major area(s) of study or specialisation(s) during their undergraduate degree and explore a research topic of their interest in more depth and detail.
Honours in the Faculty of Arts is open to current and former Monash students, as well as external applicants, in many of the disciplines offered at undergraduate level within the Faculty. Read more about the Honours program further down this page.
Information relating to admission, enrolment and candidature matters for Honours can be found in the Faculty of Arts Honours Guidelines.
Applicants normally undertake Honours in the discipline(s) they majored in during their undergraduate degree, and need to meet the entry requirements for the degree and discipline(s).
Honours candidates normally complete 24 credit points of coursework (2 coursework units, 12 credit points each), determined by the relevant discipline(s), and a research thesis worth 24 credit points, normally 15,000-18,000 words in length, supervised by an academic staff member.
The final overall Honours mark and grade students receive is based 50% on their coursework results and 50% on their thesis result.
Completion of an Honours degree provides prospective employers with proof of your advanced research and communication skills, and your ability to complete an independent and in-depth project over a sustained period of time.
An Honours thesis is normally considered to be a student’s first major individual research project, and the Honours degree is a step towards undertaking higher degree research at Masters or PhD level.