Why Study Honours?

Honours offers you the opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in your discipline. Honours prepares you to undertake a Master of Philosophy degree or a Doctor of Philosophy, but many students enrol in order to explore an area of research that has come to fascinate them, and to cap off a three-year BA before entering the world beyond the university.
To ease the transition from undergraduate to Honours the School of Communication and Arts has put in place a support network that makes it as easy as possible for you to become part of our research community. The network is made up of your Honours colleagues and postgraduate students enrolled in research higher degrees (mentors) and, of course, thesis advisors and other members of staff. If you have a question, there’s always someone to ask, and there’s always someone to chat through ideas with over a coffee.

The School of Communication and Arts Honours degrees can be taken in the following programs and fields:


The Honours program teaches:

  • critical analysis
  • advanced research methods
  • incisive reading skills
  • improved communication skills
  • improved interpersonal skills
  • independent learning
  • how to plan, research and produce a substantial project

You will develop these skills by:

  • studying in a seminar environment at a more in-depth level than is possible at undergraduate level
  • working through research ideas with others in seminars and outside class
  • writing a dissertation (a long research essay on a topic of your choice), with the help of an advisor

Combined Honours with other Departments or Schools within UQ may be possible.

The period of Honours enrolment is one year full-time and two years part-time. There is no mid-year enrolment. Enquiries should be directed to the Honours administrator, Daniel Van Zutphen SCA_PGCoursework@uq.edu.au