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Honours in Humanities

So, you’ve completed the Bachelor of Arts. What’s next?

Maybe you’re after a distinctive edge that sets you apart from other graduates on the job market. Maybe you want to pursue a Masters degree or Doctorate in the future. Maybe you just love learning!

You can study in the field of your choice while learning comprehensive cross-discipline research skills. You’ll work closely with a discipline-specific supervisor to produce a self-directed research project and you’ll take classes with a small cross-disciplinary group of students, adding breadth to your learning experience.

Why study with us

  • Gain an edge in job market through demonstrated research skills.
  • A main pathway to a postgraduate research degree (MA, PhD).
  • Study for 1 year full-time, or part-time over 3 or 4 semesters.
  • A supportive, intimate study environment with options to study at any University of Tasmania campus.
  • Choose to undertake joint Honours in two disciplines.

Choose from the following subject areas

  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • English and Writing
  • Gender and Diversity
  • German
  • History
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Philosophy


Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2 CRICOS 030426C

How do I apply?

  1. Think about thesis topics and check ideas with your lecturers.
  2. Make an appointment to see the Honours Coordinator.
  3. Email an Expression of Interest to the Honours Coordinator, Dr Jayne Knight at
    by 31 January 2022 for Semester 1 2022.

How is Honours in Humanities structured?

Honours in Humanities requiries the completion of 100 credit points including:

  • A 50 credit point thesis
  • 25 Credit points of Coursework Core and;
  • 25 Credit points of Coursework Electives

All Honours students must also enrol in XSB400 Honours in their final semester. This in an administrative unit which records your overall Honours mark and grade. Check the Course and Unit Handbook online for details.

Entry requirements

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree allows students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts degree from a recognised Australian university, or a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience, a year of study to develop a body of knowledge in a specific context as further preparation to undertake professional work and/or as a pathway for research and further learning.

You will need to have majored in your chosen discipline and obtained a weighted average of 70% or higher in 200 and 300 level units forming a major in your proposed Honours discipline of study.

English creative writing projects

Students with no prior study of Creative Writing units are required to submit a portfolio of creative writing to assess readiness for the program.


  • Refer to scholarships for other scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Humanities In Place Industry Engagement Scholarships (HiPES)

The School of Humanities is inviting applications for two Honours scholarships of $10,000 each, for students to undertake a research project in partnership with a Tasmanian organisation.

Refer to Humanities In Place Industry Engagement Scholarships for more information about the program, including eligibility.

  • Applying has two parts, and both must be submitted by 31 January 2022.

    1. Applicants will need to send an Expression of Interest to the Honours Coordinator, identifying the project they would like to complete. The requirements of the EOI are found above on this page.
    2. They will also need to complete a scholarship application, with two referees, and submit it to the Scholarships Office.

For further information or to discuss the projects, please contact the HiPES coordinator Dr Imogen Wegman .


In 2022, we have exciting projects planned with Heritage Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG). Details below:

Partner organisation: Heritage Tasmania

Tasmania’s non-Indigenous built heritage spans two hundred years and the whole island. In almost every town there are stone walls, sheds and cottages waiting quietly for the attention of a historian. In this project, you will use a combination of heritage methods to research and evaluate a historic structure. By using historic newspapers and records, cartographic data, and heritage management reports, and with specialist assistance, this research project will focus on the history of one of Tasmania’s forgotten properties. Your academic submission will inform the writing of a draft entry for the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

Partner organisation: Heritage Tasmania

Entering a place onto a Heritage Register can be a contentious act, as it pulls on tensions between heritage protection and development. This project will focus on the contemporary Australian and international approaches to the assessment of community or social values of historic heritage places. An entry to the Tasmanian Heritage Register has to show that it has a “strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social and spiritual reasons”. In this research project, you will explore variations in contemporary approaches across Australia. By focusing on several examples chosen in consultation with Heritage Tasmania staff members, you will consider how social values affect the perception of historic sites in Tasmania.

Partner organisation: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) invites you to contribute to an upcoming exhibition that will explore the environmental and social history of the kanamaluka wetlands. In this research project, you will join the curatorial team and be guided through the process of turning research into a contribution to a professional exhibition. You will produce academic research on a topic listed below and convert it for public consumption.

This exhibition will focus on the kanamaluka/River Tamar wetlands, documenting its impact on the local area. In recent years, QVMAG has been reshaping the stories they tell to develop a more cohesive narrative of northern Tasmania.

The thematic scope of potential projects is broad, as the exhibition covers topics including:

  • palawa history (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students only)
  • The history of the river as a meeting point between cultures and environments
  • Flooding
  • Food production
  • Engineering and management
  • Transportation

kanamaluka/River Tamar and surrounds is a contested site, and these themes represent points of conflict and cooperation. You will be able to tailor their involvement to address your own specific research interests. If you have an interest in environmental humanities and in public engagement and communication, this project will grant you an opportunity to develop your skills in converting specialist knowledge into materials suited to a broad audience.