What would I gain from Honours?

Honours offers you a challenging and rewarding year of study based around a research project in which you follow your passion in an area that interests you, and it gives you a portfolio of skills and competencies that, surveys show, graduate employers want.

What is Honours?

Honours is a fourth year of study which follows the completion of the normal requirements of the Bachelor of Arts pass degree. The Honours program offers an opportunity for more specialised, advanced work in either one or two chosen disciplines.

Honours is a full-time one-year program of study. Students may choose either to (i) spend the full Honours year at Monash or (ii) spend one semester’s work abroad, with the second semester’s work being done at Monash. The program may also be done part-time over two years, which often enhances extended overseas study in-country. At least fifty percent of the program must be done in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics on the Clayton Campus.

The Honours program comprises 48 points of credit. All students will be required to complete an Honours thesis of approximately 15,000 to 18,000 words (worth 50 percent or 24 points of the overall assessment). The other 50 percent of assessment will consist of coursework at an advanced level. The thesis can be written in either English, or the target language, although they will be assessed differently.

Read the guidelines for writing an Honours thesis to find out more about what is involved…

What disciplines are available for Honours?

The School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics offers a wide range of fourth year Honours subjects including: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Slavic, Ukrainian and Spanish and Latin American Studies, as well as Linguistics, English as an International Language, and Translation & Interpreting Studies.

Can Honours students undertake study abroad?

Monash University has exchange agreements with universities in many other countries. For a full list of exchange partners, see the list of exchange partners on the Monash study abroad site.

For further information regarding study abroad in LLCL, please contact the discipline coordinator for the relevant section (details of coordinators given below).

How do I know if I should apply for Honours?

Applicants to the Honours program must have completed 36 points of the relevant major with an average grade of 70% or better for four subjects (24 points). This 24 points must consist of three third-year subjects and one second- or third-year subject. It is also a requirement for acceptance into LLCL Honours that the student has secured a supervisor’s signature on the School Honours form.

For more information, contact the Honours coordinator from your discipline (details below).

When and how do I apply for Honours?

Entry into Honours is normally at the commencement of the academic year. Mid-year entry into Honours is also possible.

Students intending to undertake Honours should (i) discuss their projected thesis topic with the relevant Honours discipline coordinator and together find a suitable supervisor (this should normally take place in September); (ii) complete the following:

  1. Faculty online application form
  2. LLCL Honours Supervisor Allocation Form

Faculty application forms must be submitted online by the last Friday in November for study commencing the following year, or the last Friday in June for mid-year Honours entry. School application forms must be lodged with the relevant LLCL Honours  discipline coordinator.

If you are planning to apply for scholarships you may need to lodge your application to meet an earlier deadline (e.g. 31 October for Jubilee scholarships).


Guidelines for writing an Honours thesis…

Guidelines for a translation project as an Honours thesis…

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