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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Overview

Develop specialised knowledge in your chosen major, learn to think critically, sharpen your communication, research and problem-solving skills, and undertake a thesis or research project.

This program is suited to high-achieving arts students who want to better prepare themselves for a successful professional or academic career.

You'll undertake advanced subjects that build on your bachelor’s study and focus heavily on research methods and techniques. This knowledge will prepare you to complete a substantial research project – the major component of your Honours program.

Depending on your field of study, you'll complete a semester-long or year-long Honours research thesis. You will work one-on-one with a supervisor to complete all aspects of this substantial project, including developing a suitable research topic, applying research techniques and methodologies appropriate for your field, and presenting your ideas in a written thesis.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
2052
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$34208 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
2052
CRICOS Code
081748G
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Get one-on-one guidance while working with a supervisor to develop, write and submit a thesis or research project.
  • Gain relevant experience that will prepare you for postgraduate study.
  • Deepen your knowledge and skills in your chosen field.

85 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Anthropologist
  • Museum curator
  • Archaeologist
  • Chinese translator/interpreter
  • Arts journalist
  • Political analyst 
  • Digital media specialist
  • Correspondent/Journalist
  • Music journalist
  • Community planning and policy adviser

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Psychological Society

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Completion of the BA Pass degree or equivalent, with a GPA of 5 (or higher amount set by the Head of School) in a relevant major or extended major or the relevant honours entry courses.

Prerequisites

Completion of the BA Pass degree or equivalent, with a GPA of 5 (or higher amount set by the Head of School) in a relevant major or extended major or the relevant honours entry courses.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Additional application information

Not all fields are available for commencement in second semester.

Please note: there is an early closing date for Honours in psychology, please refer to the School of Psychology website for further information.

Additional application information

Please note: there is an early closing date for Honours in psychology, please refer to the School of Psychology website for further information.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Ancient History

Delve further into the history of ancient cultures and how they still influence many of our ideas and institutions.

You'll complete advanced-level courses, participating in lectures, peer-led seminars and discussion groups that encourage independent critical thinking and analysis.

Over the course of the year, you'll also complete a thesis on an ancient history topic of your choice. This intense research project will impart valuable skills in your field of study and research in general.

View

Anthropology

This major examines the way cultural traditions continue and change over time.

You'll study humans and the societies and cultures they live in to understand their beliefs and behaviours.

Under the guidance of a supervisor, you'll conduct independent research and prepare an honours research thesis. You'll also complete compulsory research seminars, which encourage you to think strategically about your thesis and how you'll translate your skills to the real world.

View

Archaeology

This major will hone your skills in archaeological methods and techniques, and deepen your knowledge of past human cultures.

Compulsory research seminars cover practical skills such as field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

A year-long research thesis will give you first-hand experience in conducting in-depth research and preparing a thesis. You'll complete all aspects of this project under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Art History

Understand the evolving values of visual cultures by examining objects, paintings, sculptures, films and other creative media across cultures and through time.

Seminars are run as intensive reading groups, examining different approaches such as heterochronicity, anachronism, durational art and performance, and the concept of 'Everywhen' in Indigenous art.

You'll also complete an honours research thesis on a topic relevant to your studies. This year-long project involves developing your topic, conducting in-depth research and analysis, and preparing a written thesis.

View

Chinese

This major focuses on learning Chinese, one of the world’s oldest languages.

Specialist compulsory courses cover language studies, applied linguistics or cultural studies, allowing you to focus on what you’re most interested in.

You'll complete an honours thesis with one-one-one supervision, and gain first-hand experience in developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying methodology and preparing a written thesis.

View

Classical Languages

Examine the Greco-Roman world and other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

This major is great for those who want to enhance their studies in law, history, ancient history, science, literature, art history or languages.

Choose between advanced compulsory courses that focus on literary and historical texts in Latin or Greek, and prepare texts for translation and analysis.

You'll complete an honours research thesis that involves substantial translation and analysis of texts in your chosen language.

View

Communication and Cultural Studies

Build on your knowledge of film and television, media and culture as you acquire the skills required for academic research relevant to your chosen field.

You'll complete advanced-level compulsory coursework that focuses on communication and cultural studies, including film, television and media.

Your coursework will also cover the skills to needed to plan and write your honours research thesis. During this substantial project, you'll produce an original piece of research by developing a relevant topic, applying methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Criminology

This major examines the nature of crime and the causes of criminal behaviour.

You'll choose compulsory courses in criminal justice or social science, be trained in social research methods and learn how to study crime and its regulation in contemporary society.

The honours research thesis is the largest component of your program, giving you the chance to develop and complete all aspects of a major research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Drama

Expand on your bachelors program by delving further into theatre history, theory and practice.

Undertake an honours seminar and course in research methods and project management to explore, engage with and challenge the canon. Hone your skills to complete the major component of your program, an honours research thesis in which you'll produce an original piece of research relevant to your field of study.

View

Economics

Focus your studies with advanced learning across the economics field, with compulsory courses that focus on microeconomics and macroeconomics.

You can also choose from a range of specialised courses to further understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today’s societies.

You'll complete an honours thesis under the guidance of a supervisor, and develop, examine and prepare an original piece of research relevant to your field of study.

View

English Literature

This major builds advanced analytical skills by taking a critical and in-depth look into key theories and practices of literary realism.

An honours seminar and research prep course will extend your critical and creative thinking while providing you with the skills needed to complete your honours thesis.

This substantial piece of research covers a topic relevant to English literature and will see you complete all aspects of a major research project, including formulating a research question, conducting research and preparing your thesis.

View

French

Continue your studies of one of the world’s major diplomatic languages by developing your speaking and reading skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced language skills, including analysing and practising academic writing in French, and your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a dissertation. This project will require you to form a reading list, write an annotated bibliography, and define a research topic and methodology.

View

Geography

This major focuses on the principles of scientific investigation and how to apply them to understanding and solving local or regional environmental issues.

Compulsory courses will expand your knowledge and skill in research relating to the earth and its environment. This includes risk assessment, regulatory compliance and accountability.

The honours research thesis is a major component of this program. In this individual project you'll define a research topic and methods relevant to your field, conduct in-depth research and present your results in a dissertation.

View

German

Expand your written and spoken German language skills in this major.

Compulsory advanced-level courses encourage you to analyse and discuss a range of texts with an emphasis on stylistics, conceptual advancement and developing your knowledge of German culture and history.

You'll complete an honours thesis, working with a supervisor to define a relevant topic, conduct research and present your arguments in a dissertation.

View

History

Build on your ability to initiate an original inquiry, conduct archival research, analyse documents and interpret evidence.

You'll complete advanced-level coursework that provides the flexibility to choose a study stream most relevant to your honours research. You'll also learn about the method and theory of historical writing, historical arguments and the uses of historiography.

You'll also complete all aspects of a research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Indonesian

Undertake advanced Indonesian language training in reading, writing and speaking.

You'll complete compulsory coursework that will hone your language skills. You can also choose to study courses on applied linguistics or Indonesian culture and history.

A major component of this program is a year-long honours research thesis, which you'll complete under one-on-one supervision. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate research methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

International Relations

Understand how current events shape the world in analytical, historical and global contexts by completing intensive research in political science.

This major includes two year-long compulsory courses, one of which is presented as a master class by leading researchers in the school and visiting scholars. Each focuses on building your skills in understanding and researching political science subjects.

Put your knowledge to use in completing an honours research thesis. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you'll develop a relevant research question, create a statement of intent, apply appropriate methodologies and present your conclusions.

View

Japanese

Continue developing of your speaking and reading skills in Japanese, a key world language for business, research and government activity.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced language skills, including practice in data collection and literature review in Japanese, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll also complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a valuable contribution to your field of study. This project will require you to form a relevant research topic, apply methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Build on your knowledge of global journalism, mass communication and digital media, and acquire the skills required for academic research.

You'll complete advanced-level compulsory coursework that focuses on communication and cultural studies, including film, television, media and journalism.

Coursework will also cover the skills needed to plan and write your honours research thesis. During this substantial project, you'll produce an original piece of research by developing a relevant topic, applying methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Korean

Gain insight into Korean popular culture, translating and interpreting, and language while you hone your reading and speaking skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in reading, analysing and summarising academic writing in Korean, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll also complete an honours research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Linguistics

Explore the structure of language, its uses and its applications in society by connecting theoretical, descriptive and applied studies that address problems and issues in human communication.

This major focuses on developing your academic research skills by introducing you to current linguistic research, as well as fundamental aspects of preparing a research thesis.

You'll complete an intensive research project under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a relevant topic, writing a literature review, preparing a research proposal and applying appropriate methodologies in your work.

View

Mathematics

This major focuses on providing you with highly relevant and specialised skills in mathematics through to advanced level coursework and an honours research thesis.

You'll complete compulsory courses in your choice of fields, including algebra, physics, financial mathematics, calculus, number theory and statistics.

In addition to your coursework, you'll complete a year-long honours research thesis. This involves choosing a relevant topic, applying appropriate research methodologies and presenting your conclusions in both a written thesis and oral presentation.

View

Music

This major focuses on extending your knowledge of the many social and historical meanings of music, and better appreciating its written and aural complexities.

Compulsory coursework engages you in advanced learning that targets a range of topics. You'll also complete research-based courses that provide the fundamental skills required to complete your honours research.

Choose between a written thesis or creative practice. In each field, you'll work with a supervisor to develop a research project and utilise appropriate frameworks and methodologies to analyse and present your conclusions.

View

Peace and Conflict Studies

Further develop your capacity to analyse social and political situations, and to engage in and evaluate alternative courses of action.

You'll complete two year-long courses alongside a research thesis, including masterclasses led by researchers in the school and visiting scholars. During this program, your work will focus on understanding and building fundamental skills in political research.

The core of the program is a year-long research project. During this time, you'll work one-on-one with a supervisor to develop a relevant topic, apply appropriate methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Philosophy

Think deeply about the fundamental aspects of reality, value, morals and political ideas as you develop well-constructed, informed arguments to address particular questions across topics including science, history, art and the humanities.

You'll complete two compulsory seminars, focusing on contemporary philosophy research to develop your extended research, writing and presentation skills.

In addition, you'll undertake an honours research thesis that requires you to complete two theses – one for each semester – while working under the guidance of a supervisor to develop and examine your topics.

View

Political Science

This major focuses on understanding political science as a discipline through intensive research covering structures, processes and policies in Australia and other societies.

Compulsory courses and masterclasses led by researchers in the school and visiting scholars will expose you to research methodology and how to apply it. You'll explore contemporary research in the field and engage with current projects within the school.

This will prepare you to complete your own honours research project, working with a supervisor on all aspects of developing a research topic and presenting your conclusions.

View

Psychology

Build on your knowledge of how people behave, think and feel by examining brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development, social behaviour and the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviour.

You'll complete a combination of compulsory courses, focusing on specialised areas of psychology and preparing you for academic research.

A year-long honours research thesis is the major component of this program. Choose between an individual or team project, in which you will develop a relevant topic, apply methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Public Policy

This major focuses on the political, institutional, economic, social and ideological forces that shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll undertake two year-long compulsory courses to understand contemporary research relevant to public policy, and apply academic research methodologies to your field.

This will prepare you for a year-long honours research project in which you'll work with a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of a thesis. This includes developing a suitable topic, creating a statement of intent for your work, applying appropriate methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Russian

Gain insight into Russian language and culture as you develop your speaking skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in speaking contemporary Russian, with attention to aspects of morphology and syntax. You can also choose to learn about applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Sociology

Analyse social change and investigate patterns of social behaviour as you gain the critical and analytical skills to build evidence-based findings on the pressing issues of our time.

You'll complete compulsory coursework that will expose you to social science traditions, theories and contemporary issues. You're encouraged to think strategically about your own research and career pathways.

An honours research thesis is the major component of this program. You'll complete a substantial research project under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing your research questions, applying appropriate methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Spanish

Gain insight into the broader Spanish-speaking world, including Latin American thinking and European film.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in analysis and practice of academic writing in Spanish, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a dissertation in Spanish. This project will require you to form a reading list, write an annotated bibliography, and define a research topic and methodology.

View

Sports Studies

Deepen your understanding of sport and human movement from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll complete coursework that focuses on applying research processes and methodologies in sport sciences. These skills will be applied to the major component of your program, your honours thesis.

During your thesis project, you'll work under the guidance of a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of a research project. This includes developing a research question, applying appropriate research methods and techniques, and analysing and interpreting your research in a written thesis.

View

Studies in Religion

This major will expand your religious and spiritual horizons, increase your knowledge, and develop critical methods of evaluating Western and Eastern traditions.

You'll complete compulsory courses that focus on honing your academic research skills and applying them to researching religion. This includes reviewing methodological issues debated within the field.

You'll work with a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of your honours research thesis, the main component of this program.

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Ancient History

Delve further into the history of ancient cultures and how they still influence many of our ideas and institutions.

You'll complete advanced-level courses, participating in lectures, peer-led seminars and discussion groups that encourage independent critical thinking and analysis.

Over the course of the year, you'll also complete a thesis on an ancient history topic of your choice. This intense research project will impart valuable skills in your field of study and research in general.

View

Anthropology

This major examines the way cultural traditions continue and change over time.

You'll study humans and the societies and cultures they live in to understand their beliefs and behaviours.

Under the guidance of a supervisor, you'll conduct independent research and prepare an honours research thesis. You'll also complete compulsory research seminars, which encourage you to think strategically about your thesis and how you'll translate your skills to the real world.

View

Archaeology

This major will hone your skills in archaeological methods and techniques, and deepen your knowledge of past human cultures.

Compulsory research seminars cover practical skills such as field survey and excavation, materials analysis, and how to interpret archaeological collections and sites.

A year-long research thesis will give you first-hand experience in conducting in-depth research and preparing a thesis. You'll complete all aspects of this project under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Art History

Understand the evolving values of visual cultures by examining objects, paintings, sculptures, films and other creative media across cultures and through time.

Seminars are run as intensive reading groups, examining different approaches such as heterochronicity, anachronism, durational art and performance, and the concept of 'Everywhen' in Indigenous art.

You'll also complete an honours research thesis on a topic relevant to your studies. This year-long project involves developing your topic, conducting in-depth research and analysis, and preparing a written thesis.

View

Chinese

This major focuses on learning Chinese, one of the world’s oldest languages.

Specialist compulsory courses cover language studies, applied linguistics or cultural studies, allowing you to focus on what you’re most interested in.

You'll complete an honours thesis with one-one-one supervision, and gain first-hand experience in developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying methodology and preparing a written thesis.

View

Classical Languages

Examine the Greco-Roman world and other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

This major is great for those who want to enhance their studies in law, history, ancient history, science, literature, art history or languages.

Choose between advanced compulsory courses that focus on literary and historical texts in Latin or Greek, and prepare texts for translation and analysis.

You'll complete an honours research thesis that involves substantial translation and analysis of texts in your chosen language.

View

Communication and Cultural Studies

Build on your knowledge of film and television, media and culture as you acquire the skills required for academic research relevant to your chosen field.

You'll complete advanced-level compulsory coursework that focuses on communication and cultural studies, including film, television and media.

Your coursework will also cover the skills to needed to plan and write your honours research thesis. During this substantial project, you'll produce an original piece of research by developing a relevant topic, applying methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Criminology

This major examines the nature of crime and the causes of criminal behaviour.

You'll choose compulsory courses in criminal justice or social science, be trained in social research methods and learn how to study crime and its regulation in contemporary society.

The honours research thesis is the largest component of your program, giving you the chance to develop and complete all aspects of a major research project under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Drama

Expand on your bachelors program by delving further into theatre history, theory and practice.

Undertake an honours seminar and course in research methods and project management to explore, engage with and challenge the canon. Hone your skills to complete the major component of your program, an honours research thesis in which you'll produce an original piece of research relevant to your field of study.

View

Economics

Focus your studies with advanced learning across the economics field, with compulsory courses that focus on microeconomics and macroeconomics.

You can also choose from a range of specialised courses to further understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today’s societies.

You'll complete an honours thesis under the guidance of a supervisor, and develop, examine and prepare an original piece of research relevant to your field of study.

View

English Literature

This major builds advanced analytical skills by taking a critical and in-depth look into key theories and practices of literary realism.

An honours seminar and research prep course will extend your critical and creative thinking while providing you with the skills needed to complete your honours thesis.

This substantial piece of research covers a topic relevant to English literature and will see you complete all aspects of a major research project, including formulating a research question, conducting research and preparing your thesis.

View

French

Continue your studies of one of the world’s major diplomatic languages by developing your speaking and reading skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced language skills, including analysing and practising academic writing in French, and your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a dissertation. This project will require you to form a reading list, write an annotated bibliography, and define a research topic and methodology.

View

Geography

This major focuses on the principles of scientific investigation and how to apply them to understanding and solving local or regional environmental issues.

Compulsory courses will expand your knowledge and skill in research relating to the earth and its environment. This includes risk assessment, regulatory compliance and accountability.

The honours research thesis is a major component of this program. In this individual project you'll define a research topic and methods relevant to your field, conduct in-depth research and present your results in a dissertation.

View

German

Expand your written and spoken German language skills in this major.

Compulsory advanced-level courses encourage you to analyse and discuss a range of texts with an emphasis on stylistics, conceptual advancement and developing your knowledge of German culture and history.

You'll complete an honours thesis, working with a supervisor to define a relevant topic, conduct research and present your arguments in a dissertation.

View

History

Build on your ability to initiate an original inquiry, conduct archival research, analyse documents and interpret evidence.

You'll complete advanced-level coursework that provides the flexibility to choose a study stream most relevant to your honours research. You'll also learn about the method and theory of historical writing, historical arguments and the uses of historiography.

You'll also complete all aspects of a research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor.

View

Indonesian

Undertake advanced Indonesian language training in reading, writing and speaking.

You'll complete compulsory coursework that will hone your language skills. You can also choose to study courses on applied linguistics or Indonesian culture and history.

A major component of this program is a year-long honours research thesis, which you'll complete under one-on-one supervision. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate research methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

International Relations

Understand how current events shape the world in analytical, historical and global contexts by completing intensive research in political science.

This major includes two year-long compulsory courses, one of which is presented as a master class by leading researchers in the school and visiting scholars. Each focuses on building your skills in understanding and researching political science subjects.

Put your knowledge to use in completing an honours research thesis. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you'll develop a relevant research question, create a statement of intent, apply appropriate methodologies and present your conclusions.

View

Japanese

Continue developing of your speaking and reading skills in Japanese, a key world language for business, research and government activity.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced language skills, including practice in data collection and literature review in Japanese, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll also complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a valuable contribution to your field of study. This project will require you to form a relevant research topic, apply methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Journalism and Mass Communication

Build on your knowledge of global journalism, mass communication and digital media, and acquire the skills required for academic research.

You'll complete advanced-level compulsory coursework that focuses on communication and cultural studies, including film, television, media and journalism.

Coursework will also cover the skills needed to plan and write your honours research thesis. During this substantial project, you'll produce an original piece of research by developing a relevant topic, applying methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Korean

Gain insight into Korean popular culture, translating and interpreting, and language while you hone your reading and speaking skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in reading, analysing and summarising academic writing in Korean, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll also complete an honours research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Linguistics

Explore the structure of language, its uses and its applications in society by connecting theoretical, descriptive and applied studies that address problems and issues in human communication.

This major focuses on developing your academic research skills by introducing you to current linguistic research, as well as fundamental aspects of preparing a research thesis.

You'll complete an intensive research project under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a relevant topic, writing a literature review, preparing a research proposal and applying appropriate methodologies in your work.

View

Mathematics

This major focuses on providing you with highly relevant and specialised skills in mathematics through to advanced level coursework and an honours research thesis.

You'll complete compulsory courses in your choice of fields, including algebra, physics, financial mathematics, calculus, number theory and statistics.

In addition to your coursework, you'll complete a year-long honours research thesis. This involves choosing a relevant topic, applying appropriate research methodologies and presenting your conclusions in both a written thesis and oral presentation.

View

Music

This major focuses on extending your knowledge of the many social and historical meanings of music, and better appreciating its written and aural complexities.

Compulsory coursework engages you in advanced learning that targets a range of topics. You'll also complete research-based courses that provide the fundamental skills required to complete your honours research.

Choose between a written thesis or creative practice. In each field, you'll work with a supervisor to develop a research project and utilise appropriate frameworks and methodologies to analyse and present your conclusions.

View

Peace and Conflict Studies

Further develop your capacity to analyse social and political situations, and to engage in and evaluate alternative courses of action.

You'll complete two year-long courses alongside a research thesis, including masterclasses led by researchers in the school and visiting scholars. During this program, your work will focus on understanding and building fundamental skills in political research.

The core of the program is a year-long research project. During this time, you'll work one-on-one with a supervisor to develop a relevant topic, apply appropriate methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Philosophy

Think deeply about the fundamental aspects of reality, value, morals and political ideas as you develop well-constructed, informed arguments to address particular questions across topics including science, history, art and the humanities.

You'll complete two compulsory seminars, focusing on contemporary philosophy research to develop your extended research, writing and presentation skills.

In addition, you'll undertake an honours research thesis that requires you to complete two theses – one for each semester – while working under the guidance of a supervisor to develop and examine your topics.

View

Political Science

This major focuses on understanding political science as a discipline through intensive research covering structures, processes and policies in Australia and other societies.

Compulsory courses and masterclasses led by researchers in the school and visiting scholars will expose you to research methodology and how to apply it. You'll explore contemporary research in the field and engage with current projects within the school.

This will prepare you to complete your own honours research project, working with a supervisor on all aspects of developing a research topic and presenting your conclusions.

View

Psychology

Build on your knowledge of how people behave, think and feel by examining brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development, social behaviour and the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviour.

You'll complete a combination of compulsory courses, focusing on specialised areas of psychology and preparing you for academic research.

A year-long honours research thesis is the major component of this program. Choose between an individual or team project, in which you will develop a relevant topic, apply methodologies and present your written conclusions.

View

Public Policy

This major focuses on the political, institutional, economic, social and ideological forces that shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll undertake two year-long compulsory courses to understand contemporary research relevant to public policy, and apply academic research methodologies to your field.

This will prepare you for a year-long honours research project in which you'll work with a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of a thesis. This includes developing a suitable topic, creating a statement of intent for your work, applying appropriate methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Russian

Gain insight into Russian language and culture as you develop your speaking skills to an advanced level.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in speaking contemporary Russian, with attention to aspects of morphology and syntax. You can also choose to learn about applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours research thesis under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing a research question, writing a literature review, applying appropriate methodology, and presenting your written conclusions.

View

Sociology

Analyse social change and investigate patterns of social behaviour as you gain the critical and analytical skills to build evidence-based findings on the pressing issues of our time.

You'll complete compulsory coursework that will expose you to social science traditions, theories and contemporary issues. You're encouraged to think strategically about your own research and career pathways.

An honours research thesis is the major component of this program. You'll complete a substantial research project under the guidance of a supervisor. This includes developing your research questions, applying appropriate methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.

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Spanish

Gain insight into the broader Spanish-speaking world, including Latin American thinking and European film.

Compulsory courses focus on advanced training in analysis and practice of academic writing in Spanish, as well as your choice of applied linguistics or cultural studies.

You'll complete an honours thesis, which focuses on researching and producing a dissertation in Spanish. This project will require you to form a reading list, write an annotated bibliography, and define a research topic and methodology.

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Sports Studies

Deepen your understanding of sport and human movement from sociological, historical, economic and psychological perspectives.

You'll complete coursework that focuses on applying research processes and methodologies in sport sciences. These skills will be applied to the major component of your program, your honours thesis.

During your thesis project, you'll work under the guidance of a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of a research project. This includes developing a research question, applying appropriate research methods and techniques, and analysing and interpreting your research in a written thesis.

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Studies in Religion

This major will expand your religious and spiritual horizons, increase your knowledge, and develop critical methods of evaluating Western and Eastern traditions.

You'll complete compulsory courses that focus on honing your academic research skills and applying them to researching religion. This includes reviewing methodological issues debated within the field.

You'll work with a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of your honours research thesis, the main component of this program.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $34,208

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

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HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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