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What will I learn?

Adding an honours degree to your qualification allows you to enhance focus on your research skills and significantly enhances your employment opportunities.

Honours is an intensive year-long program which involves advanced coursework and research that allows you to focus on your area of expertise, after you have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree with a major in the relevant area.

Undertaking an Honours degree provides you with the opportunity to engage with a discipline you have a passion for, while developing your academic skills. Develop your research alongside our world-renowned researchers; Honours students are partnered with an academic mentor who oversees, supports and encourages student intellectual growth through the production of an Honours thesis.

Students will usually undertake honours full-time, however, in some disciplines it is possible to complete Honours over two years on account of special circumstances.

An honours degree is the prerequisite for entry to a Higher Degree by Research at the Masters and Doctorate levels.

Why study Honours?

An Honours degree can provide you with a competitive advantage in your career, or place you on track towards a PhD, however, you don't have to follow an academia path. Many of our students undertake an Honours course to fine tune their research skills, gain critical knowledge and enhance their employment opportunities. Our graduates are the most employable in South Australia. (2017 QS Graduate Employability rankings)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$35,000.00 (18,73,662) per year
COVID-19 OFFSHORE STUDY FEE REBATE: All continuing and commencing international students who are studying offshore and unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions may be eligible for the rebate of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March, July 2022


The University of Adelaide (UoA)

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification. IELTS: Overall 6.5; Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 6; TOEFL Internet-based: Overall 79, Reading and Listening: 13, Speaking 18, Writing 21; Pearson – Overall 58, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing - 50 and Cambridge - Overall 176, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – 169.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

Tertiary Qualifications: Graduate entry only.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 and Band score of 6 in all bands; TOEFL Paper-based: total score of 577 with a minimum of 4.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) or Internet-based: total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, 18 in Speaking and 13 in Reading and Listening; Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 and Skills profile of no less than 50 in all skills; and Cambridge English-Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176 and Individual score of 169 in all skills.

Application deadline - Coursework program commencing in Semester 1: 1 December.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About The University of Adelaide (UoA)

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 world’s most liveable city (The Economist)