The School Honours program offers you an extra year of high quality study. It is the first step to a specialist career in your chosen discipline. For those who choose not to continue onto a research higher program, an Honours degree provides a significant competitive edge in the job market; it is very attractive to prospective employers.
This stimulating and challenging program will:
  • Enable you to pursue advanced study in a specialist area in more depth than is possible in a pass degree. 
  • Enhance your capacity for independent research.
  • Develop your research skills to the standard required for enrolment in research higher degrees. 
  • Encourage you to thrive in small classes in which staff promote vigorous and interactive discussion.

Your career advantage

Honours is highly regarded by potential employers and is an excellent basis for entry into Research Higher Degree (PhD and MPhil) programs. 


You must complete the Honours program in 1 year of full-time study or 2 years of part-time study. You may commence in Semester 1 or 2.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of the BA Pass degree or equivalent, with a GPA of 5 in a major or extended major in the relevant discipline (history, philosophy, religious studies, or classics).
  • To study Honours in Philosophy you must also have a pass grade in Introduction to Logic (formerly PHIL1020, now PHIL2110).
  • For further information, please refer to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) page of UQ Courses and Programs.    

How to Apply

  • Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.
  • Please also attach your Honours Study Plan and your Honours thesis proposal form (if applicable) with your online application.
  • Hard copies of honours applications will be accepted for first semester 2016.
  • Before submitting your application online, you must make an appointment with the Discipline Honours Advisor in order to discuss your interests, proposed topic and possible Honours supervisor.
  • Honours can be a very busy time for students, so it is important that a research plan is organised well in advance.


For queries regarding the Honours program, please contact the School Administrative Officer, Serena Bagley, or the discipline advisors below.
Dr Janette McWilliam
Dr Adam Bowles


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