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 Business and Economics
CoordinatorDr Minh Do


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


The honours program offered by the Department of Banking and Finance provides students with an enhanced opportunity for careers in industry or academia by providing advanced studies in finance. It provides students with an opportunity to challenge and extend their knowledge, and is different from anything they will have previously experienced in their undergraduate studies. An honours degree provides graduates with analytical skills, problem-solving, strategic thinking, presentation and communication skills as well as personal development and career benefits. Honours classes are typically small and involve a high level of staff and student interaction.

Students in honours are exposed to the latest research and knowledge in the units chosen and develop research and presentation skills, as well as improving self-confidence and networking skills for the future. While some employers require an honours year, others recognise the attributes an honours graduate brings to the workforce. Honours is the first step towards a position at a university as well as higher degree studies.


To complete the finance major in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), students must complete:

(a.) Semester one:

(i.) One compulsory unit (6 points):

(ii.) Three units (18 points) from the following list:

(b.) Semester two:

(i.) Research dissertation (18 points)

(ii.) One honours unit (6 points) offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics. This unit can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; honours units are those that commence with the number 4.

Students must have their enrolment approved by the head, or nominee of the Department of Banking and Finance.

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Relevant courses

0181 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)