Arts - A3701


Bachelor degree (honours year)

This prestigious honours program allows you to pursue your passion for your selected area of study, via a fourth year of specialised coursework and research.  The program is open to graduates with excellent results from a relevant undergraduate pass degree and is available in around 30 different areas of study.  The Honours degree involves you deciding on your thesis topic in conjunction with your academic supervisor, who then provides individual advice and guidance as you engage in depth with the subject, research and write your thesis.Completion of an Honours course provides prospective employers with proof of your advanced research, analytical and communication skills, and your ability to complete an independent and in-depth project over a sustained period of time. Honours graduates are often targeted as potential managers and leaders in large corporations.

Students with strong academic results in their undergraduate degree, particularly in the third year, are encouraged to consider enhancing their qualification with the honours program. You will study advanced coursework units, while carrying out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in your chosen discipline. A final thesis of a specified length is submitted for assessment.  In certain areas creative work or performance or a written critical commentary may also from part of the thesis.  Many of the honours programs also provide opportunities to undertake study overseas.

You will develop an advanced understanding of the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a relevant research project as well as outstanding communication skills in both oral and written presentations.

The program may be taken as single honours (a single discipline over one year of full-time study), or combined honours (two disciplines over one year of full-time study).

As well as enhancing employment opportunities Honours graduates can reduce the length of time required to complete a masters by coursework degree (by up to one year). It also provides a pathway toward undertaking higher degree research at Masters or PhD level.

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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time
  • 1 year (full time)
Start date Semester one (February), Semester two (July)
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Successful completion of an Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) including a major in their chosen Honours area of study with a distinction grade average (70 percent) or above in 24 points of studies in relevant discipline units at level three. For some majors, completion of specific units, or their equivalent, are also required for admission to honours. The details are provided with the requirements for each major to which this applies.

Double degree students: Applicants who are enrolled in a Monash double degree course and who have not yet completed the requirements for the two degrees, may be eligible to enrol in this honours program once they have completed 144 points of study, including the normal requirements for the Bachelor degree containing the intended honours discipline.

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0) TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21, Listening: 12, Reading: 13 and Speaking: 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Current and former students should apply directly to the Faculty of Arts using course code A3701

External students should apply directly to Monash using course code A3701

Semester two (July) – select areas of study only

Current and former students should apply directly to the Faculty of Arts using course code A3701

External students should apply directly to Monash using course code A3701

Note: Only select areas of study are available for second-semester entry. Visit the faculty website for more information.

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 084608F

This course involves a fourth year of study in one or both undergraduate majors and consists of a combination of coursework and research. In the coursework component you will develop advanced theoretical and/or technical knowledge of your discipline within the arts, humanities and social sciences and appropriate research methodologies. In the research component you will plan and execute a research project under the individual guidance of an academic supervisor.

Honours is available in:  Anthropology, Archaeology and ancient history, Chinese studies, Communications and media studies, Criminology, Film and screen studies, French studies, German studies, History, Human geography, Indigenous cultures and histories, Indonesian studies, International studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, Journalism, Korean studies, Linguistics, Literary studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious studies, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American studies, Theatre and performance and Ukrainian studies.

Note: Candidature embracing more than one discipline may be approved.