Honours in the Centre for Religious Studies

Research Supervison is potentially available in the following areas:

  • Biblical studies (Jewish and Christian)
  • Ancient religions
  • Religious history and thought
  • Comparative theology and mysticism
  • Religion and popular culture
  • Mythology and hermeneutics
  • Eastern religions
  • Interreligious dialogue and conflict
  • Ecology, gender and religion
  • Sociology of religion
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and politics

This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. Not all staff will be available in any given year or semester. Staff members’ interests range widely, and students who wish to work on topics not covered in this list can possibly be accommodated. Dissertation topics should be discussed by interview with the Honours Coordinator.

B.Theology students from the Melbourne College of Divinity are able to progress to a B.A. Honours at Monash University- please contact the Discipline Cordinator (above) for further information.


Dissertation (Thesis)

Unit Code (Link to Handbook)
  • ATS4798 General Seminar Part 1 – information provided to students closer to commencement of Candidature.
  • ATS4799 General Seminar Part 2 – information provided to students closer to commencement of Candidature.


Unit Code (Link to Handbook)
  • ATS4289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
  • ATS4340 Confronting death through ceremony and symbol

The Honours Program in religious studies involves intensive advanced study combining coursework with a research project, or dissertation, in which the student engages in independent research on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

For many students honours provides a stimulating and satisfying completion to their undergraduate work and for others it also offers a gateway to postgraduate research since the entry requirement for research degrees usually involves honours study to a specific level.

A regular general Seminar involves all students undertaking honours and provides a forum to support students as they progress through their dissertation work. This seminar is run by the School Honours Coordinator, whose specific responsibility is to guide honours students through the year from their initial application to the submission of their dissertation.


Combined Honours

This Program offers the opportunity for students to undertake 4th year honours courses which can combine study with other disciplines in our School and Faculty with permission & advice from the Honours Coordinator.