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Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Stand out from the crowd with advanced research skills and specialist knowledge in your field of interest with Deakin's Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours).

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
A401, 093533A
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months

About this course

Stand out from the crowd with advanced research skills and specialist knowledge in your field of interest with Deakin's Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours). If you're a high-achieving student, this course allows you to enrol immediately in a four-year honours degree that combines a Bachelor of Arts with an honours year. You'll develop high-level critical and systematic thinking skills in your area of interest and apply them through a supervised and supported research project.

As well as diverse coursework, you'll develop your knowledge through a substantial research project in your fourth year which trains you to investigate, explore and inquire. These practical skills will be crucial throughout your career, or if you choose to continue your studies at a masters or PhD level. There are a broad range of majors to specialise in, from literature and creative writing to history and politics, allowing you to tailor your degree to your unique interests and career aspirations.

Want to spend your days deeply immersed in a topic you're truly passionate about?

Our Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) provides similar training and opportunities to our popular arts degree, with the added benefit of an honours year that opens up exciting career and study opportunities. The course gives you the platform to question and examine an area of interest, through a supervised research project with one of our professional academics.

As a researcher, you'll learn to think critically about how we find information, identify robust source material, and interpret and write about new ideas.

When you graduate, high-performing students will be eligible to apply for higher degrees by research and extend your new awareness through Deakin's exceptional masters and doctorate programs (admissions requirements apply).

Study locations

Cloud (Online)

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Burwood (Melbourne)


Career pathways

The Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) develops important and transferable career skills making you highly employable within many industries. With an honours edge you will stand out from the crowd because of your advanced skills in managing a large project (the thesis), conducting research, developing original ideas through advanced critical thought, and applying in-depth discipline knowledge to pressing problems. Our graduates have found careers in:

  • business
  • community services
  • education
  • government civil service
  • international relations
  • media
  • museums and other historical or cultural institutions
  • not for profit community or policy work
  • private sector consulting
  • public office
  • public policy
  • police
  • research
  • social work
  • writing, editing and publishing

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts (Years 1 to 3), students must complete 24 credit points as follows:

  • Two major sequences of at least 8 credit points each. Majors must comprise 2 credit points at level 1 and a minimum of 2 credit points at level 3 (unless otherwise stated).


  • One major of at least 8 credit points and one minor of at least 4 credit points consisting of units and level combinations as specified within the selected minor.


  • No more than 10 credit points of units at level 1
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at level 3.
  • Up to a maximum of 8 credit points may be taken from outside the Arts course grouped units.
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

NOTE: Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course, students with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 65 may progress to the honours level. A WAM of less than 65 results in an alternative exit from A401 with award A300 Bachelor of Arts.

The Honours (4th year) requires the completion of 8 credit points of study from a discipline sequence below. Half of that requirement is met through coursework, which may include directed reading and/or enrolment in course work units, and half is satisfied through a research project (thesis or dissertation) of 14000-16000 words. There are no attendance requirements for Cloud (online) enrolled students, although regular consultation with an appointed thesis supervisor is required.

The Faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 Professional Writing for Work, that are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.