Overview of Honours in Korean

The Honours program in Korean is a one-year full-time course or a part-time program over two years.

Full-time students complete 48 credit points over one year: part-time students do so over two years, with 24 points completed each year.

The program consists of 24 points of coursework and 24 points of research and thesis writing.


Honours is a competitive and challenging program and only students who have an adequate research proposal and demonstrated ability in previous studies will be accepted. Students must have a major in Korean or Korean Studies and an average grade of 70 percent or better for four subjects (24 points), consisting of three third-year subjects and one second- or third-year subject.

The Honours program in Korean is open to students from other universities. Monash students are highly recommended to complete ATS3747 Theory and Research in Asian Studies or a similar unit in research methodology in their second or third year of study in order to be able to work constructively over the summer period on a literature review on initial research.

The Structure of the Program

See the Korean Studies – Honours Area of Study handbook entry for information about the Korean Studies course structure when undertaking an Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts.

The Research-Thesis Component

The thesis should present original research which examines issues relevant to the Korean language, the understanding of contemporary Korea, or to Korea-Australia relations.

A list of staff members and their research interests is given below, and it is expected that students will locate their own supervisor in consultation with the Honours Coordinator. Normally one of those staff will be appointed to supervise the Honours research.

Students are advised to select an area for research and to discuss their vision for the research with the Honours Coordinator and a potential supervisor before the summer break, so that background reading can be started before the first semester begins. Those planning to do research while in Korea will need to have a very good outline of their research and a clear plan for obtaining ethical approval before leaving Melbourne.


There are scholarships dedicated to Honours students in the Korean Studies Program, aiming to support a research trip to Korea. Refer to the Monash Scholarships Office for more information. The School also offers travel grants and publication grants to Honours students. Please consult the School Honours page.

Life after Honours

The Honours program is designed to prepare students both for further study and research at the postgraduate level and for employment in areas which involve contact with Korea and/or with Korean organisations.

Postgraduate programs offered at Monash which would be of particular interest to graduates with an Honours Degree in Korean include the Masters in Applied Linguistics, and the Masters in Asian Studies. Those who do exceptionally well in Honours may qualify to become a PhD candidate pursuing research in many fields of Korean studies.

Why do Honours in Korean?

  • To expand knowledge and skills relevant to working in Korea, with persons from a Korean background, and/or with Korean organisations
  • To acquire a four-year degree, and equip students with skills which are highly valued by employers, such as advanced skills in research and report writing, and critical thinking
  • To gain a deeper appreciation for and understanding of issues related to Korean culture and society
  • To build expertise in the discipline area in which the research is conducted
  • To gain entry into various postgraduate programs

Members of staff in the Korean Program and areas in which they supervise

Note: There are many other areas in which students can conduct research for their Honours thesis. If an area of interest does not appear below, please contact the Honours Coordinator for further advice. (Further information about staff is available on their staff profile pages.)

Dr. In jung Cho

Korean Linguistics; Applied linguistics; Technology-Enhanced Language Learning; teaching Korean as a foreign language; Translation Studies;

Dr. Young A Cho

Applied linguistics; teaching Korean as a foreign language

Further information:

Further information about Honours is available from the School’s Honours page.

If you would like more information on Honours in Korean, contact the Honours Coordinator for the Section of Asian Languages and Studies:

Dr Shani Tobias
Japanese studies, room W429
School of Languages, Literatures Cultures and Linguistics

Email: shani.tobias@monash.edu