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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BA(Hons)(Curtin) - BH-ARTS Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Online - find out more
Study mode On-campus or online
Intake February
Duration 1 year full-time

Course overview

Humanities Honours is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge and to open significant career options, either as a final degree or as the first stage of a pathway leading to a Higher Degree by Research. It is a one-year program that commences after completing the requirements for a Bachelor's degree, and 'adds value' to an undergraduate degree. It is a program that allows for in-depth independent study, thereby developing students' research, analytical and communication skills.

In the Humanities Honours program you'll join an inspiring community of researchers working with a dedicated academic staff of highly qualified professionals. The program facilitates research at an advanced level appropriate to emerging professional and academic practice. Research specialism is available in a wide range of areas encompassing all aspects of Humanities at Curtin University.

BA Honours applications close on 24 January 2018.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Admission to Honours is by invitation and follows high achievement in an appropriate Bachelor Degree. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

Other requirements

A Bachelor Degree in one of the Humanities Honours majors, with a Course Weighted Average of 65 or higher.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Parliamentarian
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Historian
  • Anthropologist
  • Geographer
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Film, Stage and Television Director
  • Web Designer/Developer

A BA Honours degree from the Curtin faculty of Humanities is an internationally recognised indicator of academic success. Graduating students may choose to apply for entry to a Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Creative Arts or Doctor of Philosophy higher degree by research available at Curtin or elsewhere. For those who choose to establish professional practice in the creative industries the opportunities for employment with an Honours degree are thoroughly enhanced

Why Bachelor of Arts (Honours)?

This innovative program offers students the opportunity to develop a unique individual research project in a critical and supportive learning environment. Our on-campus facilities are among the best in Australia and the supervision, academic and technical support structures are widely recognised in Australia and overseas.

Our Honours programs in Humanities have established one of the most successful achievement profiles for graduates in the SE Asian region with a high proportion of graduates moving to MPhil, MFA and PhD studies at leading universities in Australia and overseas. Honours graduates who choose to enter higher degrees by research are able to apply for government and university scholarship support.

How this course will make you industry ready

Humanities Honours will enable students to deepen their knowledge in their chosen area of specialisation through the support of a supervisor and coursework units designed to develop skills in research and analysis. This one-year program 'adds value' to an undergraduate degree by developing students' research, analytical and communication skills, preparing successful graduates for higher degree by research or industry employment.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.