Course summary

With 2.3 million actively trading businesses in Australia, broadening your research knowledge can give you a competitive advantage in the job market.

By undertaking a thesis project, Honours students develop research methodologies while exploring a business area of their own choosing.

You'll also work with other students and academics to build the skills and knowledge demanded by today's business employers.

A variety of career opportunities exist in the public and private sectors, with specialist fields including accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, information systems, international business, management, marketing and information technology.

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

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

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.


Develop a research question in collaboration with a research supervisor

Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding

Ethical practice

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

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

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Demonstrate an understanding and application of research, analytical and technical skills in a broad business discipline.

Lifelong learning

Critically review the literature relevant to the research question and methodology

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

Communication and social skills

Prepare and deliver well developed discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for a business and public context.

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

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

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

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

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 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 (Part 1 of 3)
  3. BUS40005 Research Thesis (Part 2 of 3)
  4. BUS40006 Research Thesis (Part 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