Honours is a one year full time or two-year part time programme added to the end of a three year undergraduate degree. Honours gives students the opportunity to specialise in one area of study, and to write a thesis on a research project of their choice. A fourth year of study (i.e. an Honours or Graduate Diploma) is essential in order to become a professional archaeologist in Australia.
Entry into Honours is by an application and selection process and is generally restricted to students who have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.25 overall and 5.75 in 24 units of upper-level topics.
Informal Honours Information sessions for 3rd year students wishing to enter Honours the following year are usually held in September each year, and formal applications are submitted to the Research Higher Degrees Coordinator. Applicants must submit a research proposal and application form before the due date. It is advised that all applicants contact the Research Higher Degrees Coordinator before applying for Honours.
The structure of an Honours degree requires the successful completion of a 22,500 word thesis, and three elective topics: ARCH7011: Archaeology in Practice, ARCH7012: Communicating Archaeological Research and ARCH8309A: Advanced Research Projects.
ARCH7011: Archaeology in Practice is a non graded pass topic that requires each Honours student to complete 120 hours of work placement. This can be undertaken at the beginning of the year (i.e. in February, before the semester officially begins), at the end, after the thesis has been submitted, or throughout the year. If you would like more information about how this topic works, contact the topic co-ordinator.
ARCH7012: Communicating Archaeological Research requires attendance at departmental seminars and a final presentation on the student's thesis at the end of the year.
ARCH8309A: Advanced Research Projects is designed to focus on the thesis design and writing process and is conducted collaboratively with the three Masters programs in Archaeology. In this topic each student workshops their proposal and writes a chapter of their thesis.
If you want to know more about Honours, or about joint Honours degrees with other closely related departments, such as History, contact the Director of Studies or the Honours and Higher Degrees Coordinator. Additional information may also be obtained through the Bachelor of Arts Office (08 8201 3925 or 08 8201 2519, or email firstname.lastname@example.org).