Monash University

Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Colin Hope


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Honours studies in this area will advance students' knowledge and competencies in the discipline of ancient cultures.

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising a thesis and two coursework units. Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the ancient cultures honours coordinator.


Thesis units

Students complete one of the following two options:

  • ATS4230 Arts honours thesis (24 points)
  • ATS4231 Arts honours thesis A (12 points) and ATS4232 Arts honours thesis B (12 points)

Coursework units

Students complete one of the following units:

  • ATS4257 Reading the ancient past
  • ATS4702 Classical languages for researchers

plus one of the following units:

  • ATS4256 Predynastic and early dynastic Egypt
  • ATS4345 Research methods in classical antiquity

Intending honours students

Students intending to enter honours in ancient cultures must have completed a major in that discipline.

Contact details

Relevant courses

0003 Bachelor of Arts (Honours)