Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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 as you design and conduct a thesis study to contribute to arts research, with the support of a supervisor with relevant research interests and expertise in your chosen area of study.

Study location
  • Sunshine Coast
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1
Program length (full-time)
1 year
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
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Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast Direct application to USC
  • Moreton Bay From 2021
Minimum selection threshold

GPA requirement

USC program code
Semester 1
1 year full time or 2 years part time
Completion of an approved undergraduate degree.
Recommended prior study
Total units

You'll learn to critically review relevant published literature and undertake useful and meaningful research. You'll also develop your presentation skills and deliver at least two lectures on your research progress.

Join our research student community and attend thesis seminars and discussion groups with fellow research students. 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.

Admission requirements

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 University's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.

Career opportunities

Depending on the research area selected, academia, government / corporate positions in policy development, public administration, journalism, multimedia design.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) structure is usually as follows:

  1. a 48 unit coursework component (consisting of a combination of courses weighted from 12 to 24 units), and
  2. 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 component

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
Thesis component

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.

Classes of honours

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

** EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL

Note: Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 96
Program requirements and notes
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

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