Honours offers you the opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in your discipline and prepares you to undertake a Master of Philosophy or a Doctor of Philosophy.

Why study Honours?

Many students enrol in Honours in order to explore an area of research that has come to fascinate them or to cap off a three-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication, or Bachelor of Journalism before entering the world beyond 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 research students who will mentor you, along with, 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.

What Honours fields can I study with the School of Communication and Arts?

Honours degrees can be taken in the following programs and fields taught by the school:


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) fields:

** This field includes students with an undergraduate major in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies; Media and Digital Cultures; or Film and Television Studies.

* This field includes students with an undergraduate major in English.

What will I learn by doing Honours?

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.

Is it possible to study Honours in two schools?

Yes. Combined Honours with other departments or schools within UQ may be possible. Contact the Honours administrator for more information: student.commarts@uq.edu.au

How long is Honours?

The period of Honours enrolment is one year full-time and two years part-time. There is no mid-year enrolment.