Business Honours program

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

What is Honours?

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree is a 48 credit point ‘end-on’ program that students complete in their final year of undergraduate studies. It involves a 24 credit point research project and 24 credit points of advanced coursework subjects that support and compliment the research project.

Why do Honours?

Performing well in the Honours year can provide students with a competitive edge in their chosen profession as well as a gateway to higher degree research programs if they wish to pursue a PhD in the future. In particular, students who obtain Class I Honours have a very good chance of obtaining a PhD Scholarship.

On top of these potential outcomes, some students complete Honours for the ‘experience’. The program is challenging and rewarding at the same time. It provides a unique opportunity to work closely with experienced academics while being independent and self directed. Also, it allows students to delve into a topic that is of particular interest to them by applying the skills and knowledge that they gained from their previous undergraduate coursework.

What does the research involve?

The research component of Honours involves producing a thesis that students submit at the end of their Honours year. A thesis is a written piece of work in which students report on an original study that they performed in their Honours year. A thesis usually includes a statement of a research question, a literature review, a description of the research method and a report of the results. Students work closely with their supervisors when designing and performing the research, and when preparing their thesis.

Who supervises the research?

Honours students are supervised by two experienced academics who are active researchers with expertise in the relevant topic area. For various reasons the availability of supervisors and potential research areas may vary from year to year. Students are encouraged to meet with the potential supervisors of the research topic that is of interest to them.

What are the admission requirements?

Admission to the Honours program is on a competitive basis. Normally, students should be enrolled in a Business degree at the University of Wollongong or at another recognised institution and they should have a minimum average of 75 or above across the subjects in their chosen specialisation. Students can apply for admission into the Honours program before they graduate from their Bachelor degree. Further details about the admission requirements are available from School Honours Co-ordinators.

How do I apply for Honours?

The Honours Guide Handbook also provides you with all the information you need to know about the programme, eligibility requirements, and how to apply. Before applying, please download and review the Honours Guide Handbook

You will need to identify a potential supervisor, complete the Undergraduate Application Form with a 500-word honours proposal and submitted to the Honours Coordinator.

Skills to apply in any career setting

‘Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny’, and doing Honours in marketing is a way to push myself out of the comfort zones and see what I am capable of. My honours year at UOW has been such a challenging and rewarding experience and an exciting opportunity to immerse myself in an area of interest. I have developed a wide range of skills that can be applied in both academic and professional contexts.
Xinru Yu Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Marketing - 1st Class)

Honours Research Projects for 2021

All Honours students are required to undertake a 24 credit point thesis based on a research project of their selection in consultation with their supervisory team. Staff members from the School of Business have prepared a number of research project proposals that would be suitable for Honours work. If you are interested in any of these proposals, please feel free to send an email to the relevant contact person to arrange a discussion.

Download: 2021 Honours Projects (PDF)

Your Honours research project needs to be right for you, so if you have your own ideas for an Honours research project, you are more than welcome to develop these ideas with guidance from your supervision team. Honours research projects are not limited to those listed on this website. In addition, many of our academic staff members may be working on projects that are not listed on this website, but that are still well-suited for Honours work. As such, it is always recommended that you reach out to staff members whose research expertise are aligned with your research interests.

 

Further Honours information

Discover more about the program in the Honours Guide or contact the Schools' Honours Coordinators to obtain additional information.

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