Honours Research

MHAR: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Did you obtain a GPA of 5 or above in your undergraduate degree?   If so, you are eligible to apply for Honours.

Applications close 30 November each year, and can be made via Apply Online.

Honours is a one year, full-time degree (two years part-time), which is like an 'extension' to your undergraduate degree.  You do some coursework, and undertake an independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.  You produce a thesis, or a creative artefact plus an exegesis discussing the artefact as research.  As an extension to your undergraduate degree, the field of study in which you undertake your Honours project corresponds to a field which you studied in a major or equivalent during your undergraduate degree. 

Honours is a prestigious research-oriented degree which allows you to focus on an area of study of your choice. It allows you to develop and deepen the skills you have acquired during your undergraduate program. It provides you with a point of distinction from your competitors, and assists in advancing your career prospects by developing high-level conceptual, written, verbal, analytical and project-management skills.  In addition, an Honours degree is by far the easiest path for anyone contemplating undertaking a postgraduate research degree at doctoral level (that is, a PhD).  A good grade in an Honours degree could also lead to a scholarship to undertake further study.

Students who have studied an undergraduate degree in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages (CIL), or in the School of Education (EDS), or who have taken the MBSS program in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (PSW) will have studied in areas that are appropriate for the MHAR program.  Equally, students from other Schools or other universities are eligible to apply, provided they have undertaken at least a major during their undergraduate degree in any area covered by the research of staff in:

  • the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages (CIL)
  • the School of Education (EDS)
  • the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy (PSW; fields of study associated with the MBSS degree only)
  • the Hawke Research Institute

If you're not sure if Honours is for you, or you have any questions, please contact the Program Director, Associate Professor Tangi Steen at Tangikina.Steen@unisa.edu.au or phone: +61 (8) 8302 4854.

Areas of study and research

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