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. 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 & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • 1 year (full time)
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course Handbook

The program is open to graduates with excellent results from a relevant undergraduate pass degree and is available in many different areas of study.

Honours careers

There are over 75,000 Monash Arts Alumni in over 130 countries. Discover the vast range of careers and industries in which our honours graduates are succeeding and making a real difference in the world.

Sam Loni is on the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of Social Entrepreneurs. Hear his inspirational story. “My Monash Arts degree equipped me with the fundamental knowledge of international relations, political science, economics, and psychology, the combination of which has been critical for my success".

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with minimum overall WAM of 75.

Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with an overall WAM between 70 and 75 will be considered upon satisfactory completion of an interview.

Applicants will only be invited for interview if there are places remaining in the course and a supervisor is available for their chosen area of study.

Applicants must also meet the requirements of their chosen Honours area of study.

Applicants must have completed 48 credit points of studies and obtained a distinction grade average (75%) or above in 24 credit points at level three within their chosen Honours area of study.
For some areas of study completion of specific units, or their equivalent, may be also required for admission to honours. The details are provided with the requirements for each area of study 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 area of study.

Double degree students are only required to obtain a distinction grade average (75%) or above in 18 credit points of studies in their chosen Honours area of study at level three.

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 requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

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, including pathways for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. .More about special admissions schemes...

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: Archaeology and ancient history, Chinese studies, French studies, German studies, History, Indigenous cultures and histories, Indonesian studies, International studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, Literary studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish and Latin American studies, Theatre and performance.

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

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


There is only a Semester One intake for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

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Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full 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.