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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Hons)
CRICOS code041536F
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator: Dr Yeoh Seng Guan; email; Course manager: Kevin Tan, email


Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of specialised coursework and research which follows the completion of the normal requirements of the Bachelor of Arts pass degree. Students choose a topic and undertake research working with a supervisor who provides individual guidance and academic counselling. Honours has also traditionally prepared the way for academic or higher research career choices.


Upon completion of the honours program, students will have extended their undergraduate knowledge and built upon their skills in the areas of specialised research, critical analysis, and industry application and engagement.

Entry requirements

Students must have:

  • completed a degree, with a major (48 points or the equivalent) in the intended honours discipline
  • obtained at least a distinction average (70 per cent) in the honours discipline(s) to the value of 24 points at second and third year level, of which at least 18 points must be at third year level.

Contact the relevant school for any additional or special requirements.

Students qualified to enter an honours program must normally do so within five years of the date on which they completed their undergraduate studies.


This course consists of 48 points of study, including a thesis.


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

Contact the honours coordinator from the relevant school for discipline specific requirements.

Combined honours

Combined honours may be undertaken, provided that all honours requirements have been met in both disciplines. Application to undertake combined honours must be made with the support of the school honours coordinators of both disciplines. Combined honours normally take the form of a joint dissertation (50 per cent in each discipline) alongside coursework chosen from the two component disciplines.

Students must complete the following 12-point core units:

  • ATS4718 Dissertation part 1
  • ATS4719 Dissertation part 2
  • ATS4720 Research issues and methodology
  • ATS4721 Industry practice applied or ATS4722 Contemporary media and communications theory

Honours in psychology

Students complete the psychology honours program currently run through the School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine (all units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated):

  • PSY4100 Psychology honours research project (24 points - full-year)
  • PSY4210 Statistics and research design for professional
  • PSY4220 Ethical and professional issues in psychology
  • PSY4270 Psychological assessment

Plus one elective unit from the following:

  • PSY4230 Contemporary issues in psychobiology
  • PSY4240 Contemporary issues in cross-cultural and Indigenous psychology
  • PSY4250 Contemporary issues psycholinguistics
  • PSY4260 Contemporary issues developmental psychology

Areas of Study


The honours degree of Bachelor of Arts