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 and English as an International Language. 

What kind of thesis topic can I do?

Many Honours students pursue topics that have interested them in their undergraduate studies to date; others choose a new topic related to their undergraduate major. Thesis research and writing is conducted under the supervision of one or more School of LLCL staff members. A good starting point when thinking about topics therefore is to browse the research interests of our staff. Please see the links below.

Discipline Staff research interests Discipline coordinator
Asian Languages

Suggested Honours topics in Asian Languages/Studies

Dr Jonathan Benney

English as an International Language Research in English as an International Language Dr Zhichang Xu
European Languages Dr Paul Bowker
Linguistics Research in Linguistics
Suggested Honours topics in Linguistics
Dr Anna Margetts
Literary Studies Research in Literary Studies and Creative Writing Dr Patrick Spedding

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.

How do I know if I should apply for Honours?

Entry to Honours is only possible if you have completed your regular undergraduate degree, so you should apply in your last semester of undergraduate study. To be admitted to Honours you must have at least a Distinction (70%) average in 24 credit points at third year level in the relevant major. If you expect to fulfil these requirements at the end of your current semester, you may apply for Honours. Please note that it is also a requirement for acceptance into LLCL Honours that you secure a supervisor’s signature on the Supervisor Allocation Form (see application instructions below).

For more information, contact the Honours coordinator from your discipline.

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 in some disciplines.

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), and (ii) complete the Faculty online application form. This online application must be initiated by the end of October for study commencing in semester 1 the following year, or the end of June for mid-year Honours entry. Check the page above for exact dates.

The Faculty of Arts will review your application and, if you are considered to be eligible for Honours in principle, issue a Conditional Offer. Once you have received this offer, please approach the relevant LLCL Honours discipline coordinator to get advice on completing the Honours Study Plan.

Once your results for the final semester of study are released, and provided you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be enrolled in Honours.


Guidelines for writing an Honours thesis…

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