Course summary

The Honours degree is a separate fourth year of study which may be undertaken following successful completion of an undergraduate degree. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into further postgraduate research degrees. The Honours degree provides an indication of a student’s research potential and introduces students to basic research training.

Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences (Honours) Handbook.

Please note: The Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Speech Pathology, and Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, each include an embedded Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during these Bachelor degree courses.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Analyse and synthesize the literature relevant to their research question and methodology.

Select an appropriate research framework and provide associated rationale

Demonstrate ability to execute a piece of research and scholarship under supervision


Develop a research question in collaboration with a research supervisor

Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding

Ethical practice

Identify, explain and adhere to the ethical issue(s) relevant to the research question and methodology

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate and apply technical skills relevant to their research project methodology

Demonstrate and apply a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding relative to the research question

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

Effectively demonstrate an ability to communicate the research outcomes in both verbal and written formats

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural awareness relevant to the research question and methodology

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
Coffs Harbour 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 078635J
Gold Coast 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 078635J
Lismore 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 078635J

Course requirements

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

Rules concerning Bachelors Degrees with Honours (where Honours is taken as a separate year) can be found under Rule 5 in the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

The Honours course comprises:

  1. a research proposal;
  2. a research presentation;
  3. a thesis based upon original work


Where a candidate has been found by the School Board to be deficient in an area, they may be required to undertake units of study which address any deficiency, and which do not count towards the class of Honours awarded.

Course progressions

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