Why study Honours?

Honours offers you the opportunity to continue in-depth study of your area of specialisation, work with the renowned experts in the field and write a research thesis on a specific topic.

Honours focuses on developing and consolidating the knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study, with particular emphasis on utilizing those skills in a sustained and purposeful way in conducting independent research.

Apart from content knowledge, employers value the reliability and capacity for independent work, and the skill at writing substantial reports, which are demonstrated by successful completion of Honours.

Honours study in the School of Languages and Cultures is available as part of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of International Studies (Hons)” programs, and in the following fields of study:

  • Chinese
  • English as an International Language
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Linguistics
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Depending on your field of study, your Honours thesis can be written in a number of languages:

English: 15,000-20,000 words

Spanish/French/German/Indonesian: 12,000-16,000 words

Korean: 10,000-17,000 words

Chinese: 20,000-32,500 characters

Japanese: 30,000-40,000 characters

You can explore the Honours structure (the commencement is only possible in Semester 1) on the UQ website by choosing your field of study:

Before you apply (for any questions, contact the SLC Honours Coordinator at slc.honours@uq.edu.au)  

  • After completing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of International Studies program (or equivalent), you need to have obtained a GPA of 5.5 on s 7-point scale in the relevant major or extended major (with a minimum requirement of 16 units).
  • You need to decide whether you’ll be doing Honours full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)
  • You need to contact your prospective supervisor. You can check the SLC staff profiles here: Your supervisor can be any academic in the School.

(if you would like to discuss your ideas in relation to a topic and supervisor, contact the SLC Honours Coordinator at honourscoord@languages-cultures.uq.edu.au)

You need to write a research proposal (500-1000 words, including a topic, research questions, methodology, data);

  • Share your proposal and discuss it with your prospective supervisor to obtain their agreement to supervise you.