Focus on your passion and contribute to arts research
This program gives you the opportunity to research an area you’re passionate about. You’ll build your research skills with the support of a Faculty of Arts, Business and Law academic with relevant research interests and expertise in your chosen area of study. Learn to critically review relevant published literature and undertake useful and meaningful research.
You are empowered to design and conduct a thesis study to contribute to arts research. Join our research student community and attend the Faculty’s fortnightly research seminar, thesis seminars and discussion groups with other research students.
You develop your presentation skills and deliver at least two lectures on your research progress. At the end of your honours program, continue your research with further postgraduate study or a higher research degree.
Australian studies; communication studies; computer-based design; creative advertising; creative writing; English; geography; history; Indigenous studies; journalism; planning studies; politics and international relations; public relations; sociology.
Students must have completed a Bachelor of Arts, or a related degree from a recognised higher education institution, with at least eight courses in the area of study of their thesis topic. A good level of achievement in the intended area of study must be demonstrated. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Importantly, enrolment is contingent upon the Faculty's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.
Depending on the research area selected, academia, government / corporate positions in policy development, public administration, journalism, multimedia design.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) structure is usually as follows:
- a 48 unit coursework component (consisting of a combination of courses weighted from 12 to 24 units), and
- a 48 unit thesis component.
Satisfactory participation in the Faculty Honours Seminar is also required.
If completing the honours program part-time over two years, the first year will normally comprise coursework and the second will be dedicated to your thesis.
Coursework comprises a mix of:
- ART411 Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review
- reading courses based on a program of supervised reading
- existing courses in the chosen area of study, with additional prescribed reading and assessment
- dedicated honours courses, or
- relevant courses through other universities
The thesis component consists of a sustained scholarly project developed from the research proposal a student submits with their honours enrolment application. The nature and topic of this component is determined by the student's interests, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.
The research proposal accompanying the honours enrolment application is normally two to three pages in length. It includes an outline of the research topic, its rationale, an indication of the research methodology, and should refer to relevant literature in the topic area.
The completed thesis is normally 15,000–25,000 words in length. The required length is determined by the precise nature of the research, in consultation with the supervisor and subject to the approval of the Dean.
The degree is awarded in one of the three classes:
- Class I
- Class IIA
- Class IIB
- Class III
The class of honours awarded may not be more than one grade higher than the grade for the thesis. For example, if you receive a Credit grade for your thesis, they may not be awarded the honours degree at a higher level than Class IIA, regardless of the average mark.
Enrolment and fees
- In any semester, standard full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL **
- In any semester, standard part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL **
- The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date
- Commonwealth supported students pay student contributions
- Students who are not Commonwealth supported pay full tuition fees
Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 96
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
Faculty Honours Seminar Program
The Honours Seminar Program helps to build an honours research culture within USC and provides opportunities for honours students from across the university to meet.
At least one oral presentation at the Faculty's Honours Seminar is a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).
All coursework is normally graded internally. A copy of your thesis will be sent to two independent examiners, one of whom is normally internal and the other of whom is external to the University of the Sunshine Coast
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm you meet the English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Browse ideas for research projects
- Make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors.
- Download the Application for Honours program form
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International