Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

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Bachelor of Communication (Honours)


Program summary

Dr Peter English
Program coordinator

Dr Peter English

Begin your research journey in communication.

Break new ground and help drive innovation in your field with an intensive one-year Honours degree. Honours graduates benefit from advanced research, planning, critical thinking and written communication skills, and help uncover new knowledge and solutions.

  • Design and conduct your own research project, or solve a real-world problem for an industry partner
  • Study relevant research methods and theories, and engage with experts in your field
  • Develop your presentation skills by delivering at least two lectures on your research progress
  • Work one-on-one with a supervisor from USC’s School of Communication and Creative Industries
Career opportunities

A USC Honours degree provides a pathway to further postgraduate or higher degree by research study.

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) allows you to work with an industry partner on a real-world problem, which gives you a competitive edge when applying for roles in journalism, professional writing, public relations, event management, advertising, corporate communication, creative writing and web editing.

Admission requirements

Students must have completed a related undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution, with at least 8 courses completed in the area of study of their thesis topic. A level of high achievement in the intended area of study will need to be demonstrated. These will be considered the minimum entry requirements and won't automatically guarantee a student's entry into the program. Enrolment is contingent upon the Faculty's capacity to provide appropriate supervisor in the intended field of study.

Special selection criteria

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.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) structure is as follows:

  • A 48 unit coursework component (consisting of a combination of courses weighted from 12-24 units) including 1 required course
  • A 48 unit thesis component
Coursework component (4) 48 units

ART411 Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review
HNC410 Coursework 1 Hons School of Communication & Creative Industries
HNC411 Coursework 2 Hons School of Communication & Creative Industries
HNC412 Coursework 3 Hons School of Communication & Creative Industries

Thesis component (48 units)

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 availability of specified industry research projects, 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 Executive Dean.

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 a student's thesis.

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.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Browse ideas for research projects
  2. 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.
  3. Download the Application for Honours program form
  4. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

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Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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