Course summary

The Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management with Honours is an independent year of study offered to students who demonstrate meritorious performance in their undergraduate studies.

The Honours course is designed to develop a student’s research skills in an area of tourism, hospitality or events management. The course provides students with a solid foundation for undertaking postgraduate research study (Masters or PhD), as well as essential skills for careers involving research, policy or public/private consultancy work. Undertaking Honours builds high level skills for managing a project and developing independent research skills. The course is a practical model in which the Honours student becomes a “research apprentice”. It offers students the necessary research tools to learn the trade of rigorous scholarly enquiry and build a bridge to further higher research degree studies.

Interested applicants need to contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic prior to lodging their application.

An Honours year allows students to enhance their self-management skills, and provide in-depth research into a topic interest. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Establish the quality and appropriateness of analysis and linkage of findings to the research problem, along with practical and theoretical implications.

Demonstrate a contribution to the body of knowledge by producing a thesis appropriate to a discipline area.

Present research proposals and findings at academic forums, and incorporate feedback received into the study.

Identify and scope a research-worthy, discipline-specific problem, taking into account the important theory, practical application, ethical considerations, and the time and resource constraints applicable to the study.

Demonstrate an appreciation of the current issues and developed thinking pertaining to the discipline area investigated by producing a literature review which appropriately identifies relevant sources of information.


Develop a research question in collaboration with a research supervisor.

Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding

Ethical practice

Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and well-developed responsible behaviour.

Describe and apply a recognised ethical framework to analyse behaviour in a discipline or workplace/organisation.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding and application of research, analytical and technical skills in a tourism or hospitality research context.

Demonstrate and apply in-depth discipline specific knowledge and skills with a global perspective.

Lifelong learning

Critically review the literature relevant to their research question and methodology.

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner

Communication and social skills

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Prepare and deliver well developed discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for scholarly and public contexts.

Prepare and deliver well developed and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for scholarly and public contexts.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural awareness relevant to the research question and methodology

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Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 072963G
Gold Coast 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 072963G
Lismore 1 $24,000 ($3,000 per unit) 072963G

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management with Honours, students must complete 4 units (96 credit points) comprising:

  1. SC183011 Scientific Research, Context, Perspective and Method OR COM40015 Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences
  2. BUS40004 Research Thesis (1 of 3)
  3. BUS40005 Research Thesis  (2 of 3)
  4. BUS40006 Research Thesis (3 of 3)

Class of Honours

A candidate may be awarded Honours with one of the following merit descriptors:

  1. First Class Honours;
  2. Second Class Honours which may be graded into Division 1 or Division 2; or
  3. Third Class Honours

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment


Note 1: Double-weighted unit