Honours Coordinator

Dr Anna Margetts
Room: W503B
Telephone: 9905 2290
Email: Anna.Margetts@arts.monash.edu.au

The Honours year in Linguistics offers an opportunity to develop marketable career skills:

  • Research independence
  • Project planning and management skills
  • Experience with large scale data analysis
  • Experience in writing a major research report
  • Project presentation skills
  • Academic development in linguistics
  • Showcasing your research capabilities in an area of potential career choice

Course overview

The Honours program is a one-year full-time course. It is possible to study the program part time over two years. Honours students complete a total of 48 credit points: the thesis (about 15,000 to 18,000-words) worth 24 points and two 12-point coursework units.


A requirement for admission to Honours in Linguistics is a completed major in linguistics (in special cases we can accept a major in a related discipline). As part of your major you must have achieved marks of 70 percent or better for at least four subjects (24 points) – three of the four subjects must be at third-year level, the fourth can be at second or third-year level. (So 18 of the 24 points counted for admission must be at third-year level.)

Course requirements

Please refer to the Honours Area of Study pages in the Monash Handbook…

Students enrolled in the Honours Program are expected to participate in the following activities which will assist the successful completion of their thesis:

  • A series of meetings (approximately twice per month) in which students are introduced to various aspects of linguistic research methodology. Later meetings will include presentation and discussion of your own research design, progress and results with fellow students .
  • Regular participation in the Linguistics Program seminars. These cover a wide variety of topics and many are presented by visiting scholars of international standing.

Honours Topics

Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas for Honours topics. But we have also listed some topic areas and suggestions by each staff member which they would be interested to supervise. If you are interested in any of the topic areas listed please contact the potential supervisor for a chat about how to develop a specific topic.


Students enrolling into Honours are automatically considered for the Faculty of Arts Honours Scholarships.

How do you apply?

Please see the School Honours page for details:

Study abroad

Monash University has exchange agreements with prominent universities world wide. In semester 1, Honours students may study at a partner university and complete the required 24 points of coursework. The choice of host university and the coursework to be completed there need to be approved by the Monash Linguistics Program.

Scholarships for study abroad are available. Please see the study abroad website:

Postgraduate studies

Students who complete Honours in Linguistics may proceed to the Masters program. Students achieving a high class of Honours may proceed directly to the Ph.D. program in Linguistics.

For inquiries about our graduate research degree programs please contact:

For inquiries about graduate coursework degree program please contact: