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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BA(Hons)(Curtin) - BH-ARTS Humanities
STAT entry Not accepted but may be used to demonstrate English competency requirements STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Part-time or full-time
Online - find out more
Study mode On-campus or online
Intake February or July
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 13 July 2018.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Honours admission criteria:

    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.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian bachelor or equivalent in the Arts field, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher.
Other higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed an Australian bachelor or equivalent in the Arts field, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 65% or higher.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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

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


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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

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.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

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.