Honours and minor thesis

Feeling inclined to really ‘stretch your legs’ on your very own project? Hoping to get one step closer to a higher degree and stand out from the crowd in your chosen field? An honours year (for undergraduate students) or a minor thesis (for postgraduate students) could be for you.

A chance to hone your skills

Monash IT offers research options such as an honours year for undergraduate students, as well as minor thesis options for postgraduate students.

These years are a valuable opportunity to further develop your communication and research skills, as well as your project management and problem-solving skills. In doing so, they not only prepare you for a higher degree by research (be it a research master’s or PhD), they also gives you a competitive  advantage  in your career.

It’s your year to shine

As an honours or minor thesis student, you’ll work one-on-one with an academic on a research project. It’s your year, a year to:

  • investigate interesting research topics in detail
  • pursue your interest in the state-of-the-art research
  • extend your knowledge in a particular field
  • develop your research and academic writing skills
  • start an academic career
  • get on track to a higher research degree.


Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Bachelor of Computer Science Advanced (Honours)

How to apply:
No application to Honours year required. Refer to how to apply for course entry.

Honours stream in the Bachelor of Software Engineering

Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences (Honours)

Contact the School of IT in South Africa for information.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - in Computational Science

How to apply: You need to apply to the Faculty of Science to enrol in an Honours course.
Note: check the closing date for this application (to start Honours at the beginning of 2017) with the Faculty of Science.

Bachelor of Informatics and Computation Advanced (Honours)

No course intake in 2017 - refer to Bachelor of Computer Science Advanced (Honours)

You can begin your Honours year in either March or July in any year. It is normally completed in one year of full-time study. Two years of part-time study may be available with approval.


In 2017 to be eligible for the postgraduate research stream, students must have successfully completed 24 points of level five (non-foundation) FIT units and have achieved an overall average of at least 75 per cent across all these units.

Master’s students can commence their minor thesis in either semester 1 or 2. The minor thesis MUST be completed across two semesters of study in the final two semesters of the degree.

The Postgraduate research stream is available in the following courses:

How to Apply:

  1. Ensure you are aware of the eligibility requirements for the research stream refer to the Handbook entry for your degree.
  2. Complete and submit an Application for entry into the Research Stream of IT Coursework Masters Degrees (PDF, 568KB) and submit to the Faculty by the dates listed on the form.

How to enrol and re-enrol: Enrolment into Minor thesis units for 2017 will be in February 2017 at an Information and orientation session held in Orientation week. Refer to your offer for details.

Students will not be able to enrol or re-enrol in research units via WES. Please contact the Faculty for enrolment into elective units.