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1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers – we’re number one in South Australia for research in Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Journalism and Professional Writing1.
  • Develop your ability to independently undertake research.
  • Pursue further education after graduation, such as Masters by Research or a doctoral qualification.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This one-year honours degree will equip you with advanced skills in research. Under the guidance of an academic supervisor you will complete a thesis and research project. You will graduate with an in-depth understanding of your chosen specialisation.

Why Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Why this Degree

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study.

When you study arts at UniSA you will also be taught by our world-class educators and researchers – in fact, we’re number one in South Australia for research in Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Journalism and Professional Writing1.

We also have some great on-campus facilities to assist with your learning, including a Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world, the fully-equipped Hartley Playhouse, journalism newsroom, plus a state-of-the-art TV and radio studio.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

You will work alongside experienced academics when you complete research and a thesis during this one-year degree. This affiliation not only provides exceptional learning opportunities, but is also an important networking opportunity. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Arts students go on to enjoy rewarding careers in a range of industries, including: 

  • publishing
  • creative industries
  • government and diplomacy
  • media
  • education
  • the arts
  • arts management
  • community and social services
  • policy and research 

As an honours student you may also choose to pursue a career in research – graduates with honours degrees are highly sought after by prospective employers, particularly in academia and research environments.

What others are saying

The best part about doing Honours was the opportunity to specialise in an area I'm passionate about. Through writing a thesis, I developed skills and knowledge in issues-based communication and PR in the Defence industry, a field I want to work in after graduating.

Lisa Ranson

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Lisa Ransom

Lisa Ranson

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The key focus of this honours degree is research and the production of an honours thesis at the end of your studies. Your research will be based on one of the following subject areas:

  • Australian Indigenous knowledge and Australian studies
  • international relations, politics, peace and security studies, Asian studies, and international risk
  • applied linguistics and language studies
  • sociology
  • communication, media and cultural studies, communication and media management, and public relations
  • professional and creative communication, children’s literature, poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, literary studies, editing and publishing, journalism, and professional and technical writing
  • media arts, digital media communication, interactive multimedia, digital design, web development, animation, drama, film and television, music, and performing arts
  • education

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • research proposals
  • research methodologies
  • review of methodologies
  • presentations
  • honours thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


This one-year honours component includes advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you well for a career in industry or research.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Project Management (Honours) SOCU 4001 4.5
Research Methods (Honours) SOCU 4004 4.5
Seminal Ideas, Theories and Contemporary Debates (Honours) SOCU 4005 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Thesis 1 LANG 4010 9
Honours Thesis 2 LANG 4011 9

My academic background is in the areas of Applied Mathematics and Computer Education, with a keen research interest in equity and social justice issues of Australian Aboriginal (and other global Indigenous) cultures. My professional responsibilities include teaching and learning, program director, postgraduate supervision and research, school leadership and management.

AsPr Tangi Steen

Program Director

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Portrait image for AsPr Tangi Steen

AsPr Tangi Steen

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.


Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As an arts student you will have access to:

  • our on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, which connects users from around the world in real-time
  • the Hartley Playhouse, a 200-seat auditorium
  • TV and radio studios, including our internet radio station UniCast
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

To apply to study with us go to the top of this page and click Apply. You will be directed to our online application portal.

Applications for 2018 in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) open on Monday, 28 August and close at 11.59pm Thursday, 30 November 2017. Honours applicants need to provide extra documentation which you must email to the Program Director, Dr Tangi Steen at Tangi.Steen@unisa.edu.au by Thursday, 30th November, but no later than Friday, 1 December. To be considered for entry, you must have a potential supervisor lined up who is willing to supervise you on a particular proposed topic. You need to provide a 500 word summary of your proposed research topic (covering issues such as which staff member has agreed to supervise this topic if you are accepted, what your proposed research project is about, how you will carry it out, what discipline areas or fields of research you are working within). Note that you are responsible for discussing your proposed topic with a staff member who is willing and able to supervise you; if you are unsure of whom you should approach about this, contact the Program Director, Dr Tangi Steen at Tangi.Steen@unisa.edu.au or telephone (08) 8302 0923, Magill Campus. Please note: if you do not provide this information, your application cannot be considered as the School needs to ensure that it has the appropriate supervision required for the topic or project to be undertaken.

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