Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

2 Attendance pattern

Candidates undertaking the Honours course must complete the requirements for the course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt the honours component on a full-time basis and if the Associate Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters.

3 Admission to candidature

To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), a student must meet the requirements of the Coursework Policy and the Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and in addition:
have completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney or an equivalent recognised institution;
have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 in the units attempted for the pass course and a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 in the major or subject area intended for honours;and
any additional requirements for Honours entry set by Schools and departments.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree are set out in Table A of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Tables of units of study and Table S of the Shared Pool.

5 Requirements for the Honours degree

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) a candidate must successfully complete 48 credit points of 4000-level honours units in an honours subject area. Joint honours in two honours subject areas is by permission only.
Honours subject areas and units of study for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) are listed in Table A for the Bachelor of Arts.

6 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the following table and rules specified in the Coursework Policy and Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
A student who achieves
an honours mark in the
range …
will be awarded honours …
80 ≥ honours mark ≤ 100 First Class
75 ≥ honours mark < 80 Second Class / Division 1
70 ≥ honours mark < 75 Second Class / Division 2
65 ≥ honours mark < 70 Third Class
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree.

7 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2022. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2022 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.