Deakin University

Bachelor of Arts - Advanced Honours

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Stand out from the crowd with advanced research skills and specialist knowledge in your field of interest with Deakin's Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours). If you’re a high-achieving student, this course allows you to enrol immediately in a four-year honours degree that combines a Bachelor of Arts with an honours year. You’ll develop high-level critical and systematic thinking skills in your area of interest and apply them through a supervised and supported research project. As well as diverse coursework, you’ll develop your knowledge through a substantial research project in your fourth year which trains you to investigate, explore and inquire. These practical skills will be crucial throughout your career, or if you choose to continue your studies at a masters or PhD level. There are a broad range of majors to specialise in, from literature and creative writing to history and politics, allowing you to tailor your degree to your unique interests and career aspirations. Our Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) provides similar training and opportunities to our popular arts degree, with the added benefit of an honours year that opens up exciting career and study opportunities. The course gives you the platform to question and examine an area of interest, through a supervised research project with one of our professional academics. As a researcher, you’ll learn to think critically about how we find information, identify robust source material, and interpret and write about new ideas. When you graduate, high-performing students will be eligible to apply for higher degrees by research and extend your new awareness through Deakin’s exceptional masters and doctorate programs (admissions requirements apply).


32 credit points comprising 24 Arts, 8 Honours


  • Anthropology
  • Australian Studies
  • Children's Literature
  • Criminology
  • History
  • International relations
  • Literary studies
  • Middle east studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and policy studies
  • Professional and creative writing
  • Sociology

Standard entry requirements

"Current or recent Year 12If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following:Prerequisite subjectsUnits 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.ATARThis course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations, and has a minimum ATAR requirement of 80 including selection adjustments.Higher education experienceIf you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the criteria below.*VET education experienceIf you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the criteria below.*Work and life experienceIf you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the criteria below.** Selection criteriaThis course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Senior secondary prerequisite subjectsMinimum prerequisite ATAR of 80.00. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent ( applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement ( statementApplicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement ( is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection. Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy ( outlines the principles of selection."

Study pathways

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Geelong Waurn Ponds No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Melbourne Burwood No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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