Course Description

If you've enjoyed studying for your Bachelor of Arts degree, why not consider an Honours year? This normally involves one additional year of study following the successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree. Your Bachelor of Arts studies would have introduced you to a wide range of topics and issues, and an Honours project lets you explore one of these in much greater depth. Honours research topics are various and negotiable: if you are really interested in a topic and want to find answers, you'll be encouraged and supported to do so.

From a potential employer's perspective, whatever your topic, being able to demonstrate your ability to achieve a complex goal, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently will be highly regarded.

The Honours year has two functions at UOW, as an in-depth project at the end of undergraduate study, and as a bridge between undergraduate study and advanced research. Studying Honours will:

  • Teach you research skills, navigation skills and how to use information systems (archives, the library, databases and electronic research networks)
  • Provide an opportunity to articulate complex ideas in both verbal and written format
  • Provide the experience of working closely with a supervisor on a project and preparing a major project to meet a deadline
  • Experience in devising, researching and delivering an individual topic of study in an extended thesis of approx. 15,000 to 18,000 words


1 year full time, 2 years part time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 83.3% (national average 75.7%)
Improved skills: 91.1% (national average 83.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 91.1% (national average 85.4%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Wollongong (UOW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences undergraduate courses at University of Wollongong (UOW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 51.1% (national average 61.3%)
Studying full time: 47.2% (national average 32.0%)
Median full time salary: $50,100 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 000611F
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 701

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry into Honours, students must have qualified for a Bachelor degree with an average of at least 75% across the major (or majors) in which the Honours degree will be undertaken with the