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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours)

Stand out from the crowd with advanced research skills and specialist knowledge in your field of interest with Deakin's Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours). If you’re a high-achieving student, this course allows you to enrol immediately in a four-year honours degree that combines a Bachelor of Arts with an honours year. You’ll develop high-level critical and systematic thinking skills in your area of interest and apply them through a supervised and supported research project. 

As well as diverse coursework, you’ll develop your knowledge through a substantial research project in your fourth year which trains you to investigate, explore and inquire. These practical skills will be crucial throughout your career, or if you choose to continue your studies at a masters or PhD level. There is a broad range of majors to specialise in, from literature and creative writing to history and politics, allowing you to tailor your degree to your unique interests and career aspirations. 

Want to spend your days deeply immersed in a topic you’re truly passionate about? 

Our Bachelor of Arts – Advanced (Honours) provides similar training and opportunities to our popular art degree, with the added benefit of an honours year that opens up exciting career and study opportunities. The course gives you the platform to question and examine an area of interest, through a supervised research project with one of our professional academics.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours) develops important and transferable career skills making you highly employable within many industries. With an honors edge, you will stand out from the crowd because of your advanced skills in managing a large project (the thesis), conducting research, developing original ideas through advanced critical thought, and applying in-depth discipline knowledge to pressing problems. Our graduates have found careers in:

  • international relations
  • politics
  • public policy
  • government civil service
  • research
  • business
  • community services
  • non-government and community organizations
  • social work
  • education
  • policing
  • performing and visual arts
  • publishing and other related fields.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII) 65%

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 or equivalent in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on achieving an equivalent standard of achievement of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 80 in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

NOTE: Following successful completion of the first 3 levels of the course, students with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 65 may progress to the honors level. A WAM of less than 65 results in an alternative exit from A401 with award A300 Bachelor of Arts.

A committee of academics will determine final admission to the Honours (4th Year) on the basis of a student's application, which includes their academic record as well as a research proposal. The committee will determine what constitutes 'other evidence of academic capability'.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.