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Understanding honours

Eligibility and preparing for honours

To be eligible for honours, you’ll need to have a strong academic record, with a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 to 75 percent depending on the type of honours you intend to complete. This is automatically checked when we process your application.

You may also need to show that you have the ability to conduct high-quality academic research by preparing a research proposal.

If you want to apply for honours, it’s important to plan ahead. Many appended honours degrees have prerequisite units of study that you need to complete during your undergraduate degree. Embedded honours units of study are integrated into the latter semesters of your undergraduate degree, often replacing electives, so you need to plan your units of study to accommodate this.

If you are showing strong academic performance early in your degree, your faculty or school may invite you to consider undertaking honours. They will outline the preparation units of study you will need to complete.

Eligibility criteria for each honours option is listed in the information on the following discipline pages.

Entry to honours is competitive. Places are often limited and depend on supervisors being available. This means entry to honours is not guaranteed by meeting the eligibility criteria, and may require a higher WAM.

Eligibility for exchange students

If you plan to go on exchange and want to apply for honours, you should first discuss this with the honours coordinator in your faculty or school.

Many types of honours have prerequisite units of study that you need to complete during your qualifying degree. You need to ensure you can complete these units of study before or after your exchange, or confirm there are equivalent units of study you can complete during your exchange program.

Your results are used to calculate your WAM for entry. If you go on exchange, there may be delays in receiving your results, and this could prevent your application from being assessed.

Preparing to apply

The way you apply for honours will depend on your faculty/school and the type of honours you want to complete. Generally, to apply for honours you will first need to choose a research topic for your honours study and may need to arrange a supervisor. Check our Applying for honours page for more information about how to apply for the type of honours you choose.

Fees for honours

The fees you pay for your honours study will depend on the degree you are enrolled in and the type of honours you undertake.

If you enrol in a degree with embedded or integrated honours, the honours fees are already included in the fee for your degree.

If you enrol in stand alone or appended honours, you can find out more about the fees payable in Find a course. If your application is accepted, your fees will be confirmed in your offer letter from the University.

If you are in a Commonwealth supported place and commenced your studies before 1 January 2021

From January 2021, the Australian government’s Job-ready Graduates package made changes to fees for domestic students who commence new programs with a Commonwealth supported place. The new fee rates are higher for some programs, and lower for others. Under the package, some students are 'grandfathered students', meaning they continue to pay their original fee rate.

If you commenced studying before January 2021 in a Commonwealth supported place, and you choose to study honours, you will not necessarily be grandfathered (be able to pay your original fee rate). You will not be grandfathered and will need to pay the new fee rate (or ‘student contribution rate’) if:

  • you did not complete a related undergraduate degree before 1 January 2021 or
  • you transfer to a new course to do honours. For example, if you change from your current degree to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

You can find the current fees that apply for your course on our Find a course website.

Read our announcement for more information about the changes, and check the Government’s website for information on Job-ready Graduates.

Scholarships

Some scholarships are available for honours students. Information on honours scholarships can be found on our scholarships website.

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Last updated: 26 October 2022

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