Study an arts degree with Honours for added expertise in your area of study and advanced research skills.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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Study BA with Honours at the University of Newcastle

Students wanting to pursue their interests in a specific discipline Study a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and gain a career advantage.further have that opportunity in an Honours degree.


With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. Employers often consider it an advantage to hire graduates who have gained richer skills and knowledge.


Previous graduates have been able to leverage their honours degrees to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a PhD.

Some graduates may pursue careers in the area of their major, and others may be employed on the basis of skills acquired through their University study.

Because of the diversity of course areas, arts graduates find work in areas including teaching, government positions, management and administration, public relations, human resource management and marketing.


If you perform well (credit average) during the Bachelor of Arts degree you may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree, allowing you to further develop your specific areas of interest.

Areas outside of the School of Humanities and Social Science may have differing requirements for entry and completion of Honours. Students should consult with the Honours convenors for those disciplines for further information.


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Newcastle offers a range of specialisations which are an extension of undergraduate work while also providing a pathway to postgraduate research. You will undertake a substantial research thesis, with individual supervision, and participate in courses with a small group of peers.

Candidates normally undertake an Honours degree in a single discipline within the following course areas:

  • Aboriginal studies
  • ancient history and classical languages
  • Chinese (from 2013, commencing students wishing to undertake studies in Chinese will need to contact the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Program Convenor for further information)
  • creative and performing arts
  • English and writing
  • film, media and cultural studies
  • French studies
  • history
  • human geography and the environment
  • Japanese studies
  • linguistics
  • philosophy and religion
  • politics and international relations
  • psychology studies
  • sociology and anthropology.

For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program, please refer to the handbook.


You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).

Contact the Bachelor of Arts program convenor in the Faculty of Education and Arts via email:

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