Course Description

If you are doing, or have done particularly well in your Bachelor of International Studies degree, you should 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 International Studies degree would have introduced you to a wide range of topics and problems, and an Honours project enables you to explore one 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 by our expert staff.

From a potential employer's perspective, whatever your topic, being able to demonstrate the ability to achieve a complex goal, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently, are all highly desirable qualities.

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 is about:

  • learning research skills, navigation skills and information systems (archives, the Library, databases, electronic research networks),
  • the opportunity to practise articulating complex ideas orally and in writing. It provides the experience of working closely with a supervisor on a project and in preparing a major project to meet a deadline,
  • experiences in devising, researching and writing up an individual topic of study in an extended argument/thesis of 15,000 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: 075097K
University of Wollongong (UOW) Code: 322

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