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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Discover your passions through exploration. Simultaneously develop research skills as you design and conduct a thesis study to contribute to arts research, with the support of a supervisor with interest and expertise in your chosen area of study.

In this program you will:

  • Learn to critically review relevant published literature and undertake useful and meaningful research
  • Develop presentation skills, attend thesis seminars and join discussion groups with fellow students
  • At the end of your honours program, continue your research with further postgraduate study or a higher research degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Location

CRICOS code

026637D

Duration

1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$14,624 CSP
CSP
A$26,400 / A$26,400 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

Direct application to USC From 2021

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 1
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total units
96
Duration
1 year 1 year
CRICOS code
026637D
UniSC program code
AR401
Program coordinator
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 School's honours seminars, including completion of at least one oral presentation, 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:

  • compulsory coursework focusing on methods and methodology (ART411 Research Design: Methodology and Literature Review 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 nature of the thesis component is determined by the topic, the area of study and the supervisor in conjunction with the Head of School. The University's Honours Seminar Program helps 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 School's honours seminars is a requirements of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

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

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Recommended prior study
English
Program requirements
Program requirements and notes
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 Honours Seminar is a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Examination

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

Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Arts degrees - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

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Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$14,624
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$26,400
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$26,400

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast Direct
Moreton Bay From 2
At the end of your honours, continue further postgraduate study or a higher research degree
Gain an edge in employment by demonstrating dedication to a field
Independently manage a major project in the form of your thesis