Honours in the School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences offers Honours as both a full time (1 year) and part time* (2 years) course in our five specialist programs. It involves in-depth coursework units combined with the completion of an individual research project supervised by an academic in your discipline.

The Honours course equips students with a level of research skills far beyond those acquired in studies for the pass degree. Furthermore, an Honours degree is a prerequisite for entry to postgraduate research degrees. It is also highly valued in the employment market as evidence of an applicant’s ability to undertake independent work and produce clearly written reports.

Even in fields unrelated to your specific Honours study, Honours is regarded as an indication of your capacity to analyse problems, conduct detailed research, understand concepts and communicate ideas and facts.

* Please note that most classes, and most supervision meetings, are held during business hours Monday to Friday. Off-campus enrolment is not available.

Closing dates for Honours applications in the School of Social Sciences

Semester 1 commencement – 31 October

Application forms, eligibility criteria and other information

For all administrative and enrolment inquiries about Honours, please contact the Faculty of Arts via Monash Connect.

Program Honours coordinators

If you would like to discuss the possibility of doing Honours in our School, please contact the relevant Discipline Honours Coordinator:

Dr Paul Mason, Paul.Mason@monash.edu

Kate Burns, Kate.Burns@monash.edu

Human Geography:
Dr Bruce Missingham, bruce.missingham@monash.edu

Politics & International Relations:
Dr Tom Chodor, Tom.Chodor@monash.edu

Sociology & Gender Studies:
Assoc Prof Dharma Arunachalam: dharma.arunachalam@monash.edu

Structure of the Honours Course

The Honours year is made up of 48 points: two 12 point coursework units, usually completed in the first semester, and one 24 point thesis unit, usually completed in the second semester. Those taking a second semester elective, take the thesis unit over 2 semesters.

All Honours candidates in the School of Social Sciences enrol in the following units:

Full-time candidates: ATS4230 Arts Honours Thesis (24 points)
For those doing a Semester 2 elective: ATS4231 Arts Honours Thesis A (12 points) and ATS4232 Arts Honours Thesis B (12 points)

In the School of Social Sciences we do not encourage candidates to undertake Honours as a part-time program of study. We also discourage candidates from mid-year entry. The reason for this is to ensure consistency and availability with thesis supervision arrangements. We will in extenuating circumstances consider requests for part-time study on a case by case basis. However, even then our recommendations remain strongly against enrolments of this nature.


ATS4374: Honours Specialist Seminar

ATS4375: Honours Research Seminar


ATS4924: Social Science Research Methods

ATS4699: Research Policy and Practice

Human Geography:

ATS4924: Social Science Research Methods

APG5805: Project Planning and Management in International Development

Politics & International Relations:

ATS4328: Grand Theories of politics and international relations

ATS4333: Comparative national government

Sociology & Gender Studies:

ATS4924: Social Science Research Methods

APG4681: Social Research Practice

Scholarships and Prizes

There are several scholarships available for Honours students in the Faculty of Arts. For further information about these and about how to apply, please see the Faculty Honours Scholarships Web Page.

The School of Social Sciences also awards prizes each year for our best Honours theses in each discipline.