Honours

Study in any of our fourth year disciplines as either an Honours or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) student is a richly rewarding experience. It provides scope to refine your analytical skills and research techniques while significantly enhancing your range of options after graduation. Employers value a fourth year of study at this level, and it provides important step in pursuing further study at Masters or Doctoral level. It signals your ability to acquire advanced skills of analysis, to develop original ideas, and to apply innovative solutions to complex problems.

Details of prerequisites and application procedure for honours and postgraduate diploma in The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies:

Classics and Ancient World Studies

History

The History honours year is very different from the undergraduate program: it is considerably more challenging, and also more rewarding. In seminars with a small cohort of engaged and highly motivated students, you will explore history as a craft and a profession, sampling an exciting range of approaches and topics. Under the one-on-one guidance of an experienced and dedicated academic, you will write a thesis that makes an original contribution to historical knowledge. At the end of the year you will emerge from the experience with confidence and an unparalleled sense of achievement, as well as marketable skills in research, critical analysis, and argumentation.

Please note: Admission requires (1) a 75 GPA across the student's best six level 2/3 subjects, always including Making History and at least two other level 3 subjects; (2) a suitable thesis proposal; and (3) the availability of an appropriate supervisor. For questions about developing a thesis proposal, please write to the Honours Coordinator.

  • The History thesis: More detailed information about the History thesis is available on the History thesis LMS site accessible to all honours and postgraduate diploma students once they enrol in the History Thesis
  • History honours subjects
  • Honours/Postgraduate Diploma coordinator: Dr Barbara Keys

History and Philosophy of Science

Philosophy

Studying Philosophy at honours level, or through a postgraduate diploma, represents an excellent opportunity to take your academic development beyond a level attainable in the first three years of undergraduate study. Advanced work in philosophy further advances your skills of reasoning and critical analysis, in ways that are valuable to employers. The focus on writing longer pieces of work, in particular the thesis component, also makes for an intellectually rewarding experience, one in which you are granted greater intellectual autonomy than you will have experienced before, including a greater opportunity to pursue your own ideas.

General honours information

For general information on eligibility, entry requirements, application procedures, and course structure, see the Arts Faculty website:

Once you are notified of the eligibility of your application, you will be sent a Thesis proposal form by the Faculty of Arts. This form needs to be completed in consultation with relevant academic expertise. The final decision to accept a student into the program is conditional upon the suitability of the thesis proposal.

General Postgraduate Diploma information

For general information on eligibility, entry requirements, application procedures, and course structure, see the PD-ARTS Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Handbook entry.

 

Carl Spitzweg (1808–1885) 'The Bookworm' (detail) c. 1850