Course summary

Honours candidates are postgraduate students. Typically, to be eligible for acceptance in the Honours program, a GPA of 5.5 or more from the candidate’s undergraduate degree is required. Please contact the Honours Coordinator for more information.

The Bachelor of Education (Honours) is a year of study that is undertaken following the successful completion of an undergraduate education degree. It enables students to:

  • extend the depth of their education degree (as an expert educator)
  • enhance their career pathways
  • develop a basis for gaining entry into an education PhD program.

The highest performing education students will be accepted to the Honours program. Upon successful completion, they will have an excellent chance of being admitted to a PhD program through the School of Education. Some Honours graduates may also be able to obtain scholarships for their PhD studies.

The Honours degree includes units in educational research skills and research methodology that assists students to conduct a significant research project on a topic of their interest. Generally this research project will be presented in the form of a written thesis. A supervisor (an experienced academic) will closely guide and support Honours students in undertaking their research project (thesis) from concept through to completion. In all respects, Honours students in the School of Education will be regarded as budding researchers where they will contribute significantly to the research culture in the School. 

Further information, including details about the two School of Education scholarships available for Honours students, can be accessed from the Honours Information page.

Download the Honours Handbook.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of theoretical concepts of Education

Demonstrate the ability to undertake research and scholarship under supervision


Demonstrate the ability to identify and investigate solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence

Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and judgement in developing new understandings and creative responses to challenges in Education

Ethical practice

Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of a commitment to social justice, human rights, ethics and sustainability in scholarship, research and professional practice

Adhere to the ethical issue(s) relevant to research questions and methodologies

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply an advanced mastery of a body of knowledge and of related theoretical concepts in an area of Education

Demonstrate an ability to apply competently technical skills related to research project design and methodology

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate an appreciation of the value of professional learning and reflective practice to ongoing personal and professional development.

Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability, responsibility and accountability in educational settings

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate an ability to present a lucid exposition of knowledge and ideas to various audiences, orally and in written format

Cultural competence

Apply educational practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons.

Course overview

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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
Online 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 eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Honours) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:

  • all units listed in the Schedule of Units


Note 1: Double-weighted unit