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Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBJourn(Hons)
CRICOS code075417K
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Honours is a prestigious program comprising a fourth year of coursework and research after the completion of a relevant undergraduate pass degree. Students choose a topic and undertake research working with a carefully selected supervisor who provides individual guidance and academic counselling.

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


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to critically review the scholarly literature in journalism
  • understanding of the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a relevant research project
  • communication skills in both oral and written presentations to both a specialist and a non-specialist audience, including the ability to write and present original work in a potentially publishable way
  • the potential to pursue higher studies and learning in journalism
  • insight into the breadth and diversity of journalism and its place within the broader scope of the humanities.

Entry requirements

Students must have:

  • completed a Bachelor of Journalism degree, with a major (48 points or the equivalent) in journalism
  • obtained at least a distinction average (70 per cent) in the intended 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.

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


Students, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

(a.) carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the faculty in the student's chosen discipline, including attending and/or presenting at seminars, undertaking any required coursework studies and other related activities as indicated by the faculty

(b.) submit for assessment a thesis of a specified length on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners.

Areas of study


Refer to the 'Areas of study' for discipline-specific requirements.


Honours Degree of Bachelor of Journalism