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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - 677AA

Course Code: 677AA
Course Version: 3
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
CRICOS Code: 049162M
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Enhance your research skills with an Honours degree

Our Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course is designed to extend the research capabilities you’ve gained in your undergraduate degree, and prepare you for a variety of high-level careers in areas such as law, public policy, business management, PR, fundraising, media, journalism or academia. During this one-year course, you will study specific topics, including epistemology and ontology, and gain an insight into a variety of research approaches.

Across your study period you will have access to professional mentors who will assist you in the preparation of your professional thesis. You will explore valuable universal skills, such as critical thinking, critical reading, listening and reviewing, which will be applicable to your chosen future industry, and will be encouraged to tailor the course content to your own specific areas of interest. Upon graduation, you will be well-placed to continue down an academic career path via further masters or PhD study, or ready to enter a range of different sectors where a strong background in research is highly sought after.

Study a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at UC and you will:

  • understand the nature of research and independent thinking and action
  • comprehend the main theoretical ideas that underpin research in a range of social science, business, management and other contexts
  • demonstrate the ability to use research methodologies in relation to specific questions
  • learn about qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  • understand and apply theoretical frameworks.

Work Integrated Learning

A key component of this course is to undertake a specialised real-world honours research thesis of your choosing, which will enhance your employability and ensure you’re armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to succeed in your future employment, in whichever sector you decide to forge a career in.
You will learn valuable research skills aimed at helping you in your future career, including how to pitch a conference paper, how to submit proposals to publishers, how to apply for scholarships and research funding, and how to conduct surveys and research in a real-world environment. For those interested in pursuing an academic career, there are opportunities to gain teaching experience by engaging in tutoring or guest lecture delivery.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) graduates in a range of sectors, including:

  • Sessional academic
  • Public servant
  • Policy officer
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Political researcher
  • Intelligence officer
  • National security adviser
  • Foreign policy adviser
  • Surveillance officer
  • Consular officer
  • Political adviser
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Political journalist
  • Program director
  • International development worker
  • Campaign manager
  • Company director
  • Business adviser

Course specific information

Students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree in an area relevant to their proposed program of study, have evidence of having performed in subjects relevant to the proposed study at a Distinction level or above, and provide a research proposal with their application.


Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Dr Mary Walsh - course convener Telephone (02) 6201 2727 E-mail

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the course, applicants require:

a) Completion of an undergraduate degree in an area relevant to their proposed program of study within the previous five years and Credit+ average over the last two years of the Bachelor's degree; or equivalent.

b) Evidence of having performed in some subjects relevant to the proposed study at Distinction level or above.

c) Academic judgement that the student can be expected to achieve an Honours level in the course.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students must submit a Research proposal with their application.

Assumed Knowledge

No knowledge is assumed for this course.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) B Phil (Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Management (Honours) Bachelor of Politics and International Relations (Honours) Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Bachelor of Building and Construction Management (Honours) Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) Bachelor of Tourism Management (Honours) Bachelor of Applied Economics (Honours) Bachelor of Environmental Health (Honours) Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To provide an in-depth understanding of research methods Students will develop analytical and critical capacities as they engage with complex issues. Students will be able to present arguments and ideas effectively and have the capacity to analyse and assess these arguments.
Provide an advanced understanding of honours level research culture. Students will develop information literacy and numeracy and their competencies in the use of information as they engage with the disciplinary perspectives and characteristic methods of enquiry. Students will learn to express knowledge, ideas and opinions, both orally and in written form with confidence and clarity. Students will be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
Develop the ability to execute a major independent research project. Students will develop an appreciation of research ethics and related questions of social responsibility. Students will develop problem solving skills and develop their capacity to work with others to create effective workplace relations. Students will develop as independent self-directed learners with the capacity and motivation for life long learning and obtain personal attributes that will allow them to be independent thinkers and agents for change. Students will be confident in themselves and their own skills and knowledge.

Course Duration

2 semesters full time or equivalent part time.


Qualifying students will be awarded an Honours award on the basis of their bachelor degree and thesis topic. Students may apply to be awarded the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree. First Class Honours is awarded to students who have both a GPA of at least 6 and an exceptional performance in the honours thesis component of their assessment. Second Class - Division 1: both a GPA of at least 5.25 and a very good performance in the honours thesis component of their assessment. Second Class - Division 2: both a GPA of at least 4.5 and a good performance in the Honours thesis component of their assessment. Third Class: both a GPA of at least 4 and an adequate performance in their Honours thesis component of their assessment.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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