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The Honours program is an intense and exciting research program. It admits talented and recognised academics, who will go on to have an excellent chance of being accepted into a PhD program offered by the Faculty of Education. Scholarships are also available to some Honours graduates for their PhD studies.
Completing your Honours degree
Honours students at the Faculty of Education will be regarded as budding researchers who will contribute significantly to the research culture at the Faculty. Through completion of the Honours degree, students will:
- Acquire an understanding of various research methods in the field of education
- Demonstrate content mastery in relation to a substantive issue or problem domain within the field of education
- Demonstrate a capacity to design, frame, conduct and report a small-scale inquiry in the field of education.
There are two scholarships currently being offered by the Faculty of Education for Honours students. These scholarships are offered annually to the value of $750 each.
If you intend to enrol in Honours, you may apply for the scholarship by the closing date as outlined in the documents below.
Applicants must complete the application online through My Enrolment and have the required documentation attached to their application. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student cannot currently be the recipient of another Honours scholarship.
Faculty of Ed Honours Scholarship Application Information and Referee Score Card
Course structure of the Honours program
This program is a one-year add-on to your existing undergraduate education degree. To complete this program and receive the award of Honours you must successfully complete the units of study below, including the thesis units, which requires the development of an Honours thesis of 18,000 words.
- EDUC6001 - Literature Review in Education: Known Unknowns
- EDUC6006 - Research in Education: Through the Looking Glass
- EDUC4004 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 1) Part A
- EDUC4005 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 1) Part B
- EDUC4006 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 2) Part A
- EDUC4007 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 2) Part B
- EDUC4008 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 3) Part A
- EDUC4009 - Education Honours Thesis (Stage 3) Part B
More information about the Honours program can also be found on the Bachelor of Education (Honours) course page.
A supervisor will work with students in conceptualising and developing the Honours thesis in both courses as well as providing advice and guidance in other issues related to the Honours program. Students should maintain regular contact with their supervisor to ensure that work on the thesis component is completed at a consistent pace throughout the program.
Frequently asked questions
In selecting a supervisor you should consider relevance to the topic you wish to research as well as choosing a supervisor you will be able to develop a productive working relationship with. The Faculty of Education student research supervisors page provides information generally about areas of research strength as well as information about individual lecturers and their area of specialisation. We encourage you to browse these pages and to talk to potential supervisors about their availability.
Your supervisor must be a permanent member of academic staff. Please check with the Honours Coordinator before selecting a supervisor that the person is a permanent staff member.
How do I know what topic to choose for a thesis?
You are not expected to enter your Honours study with a fully conceptualised question for research. However, you should have some idea of the area of focus you wish to investigate through your research. Identifying a topic and a particular research question is a process that evolves after you begin your studies. One way to help you think about possibilities is to look at the current research of the Faculty of Education through the SEAE Research Cluster, TeachLab Research Group or the Early Years Research Lab.
Where should I go for advice during my Honours candidature?
Initially you would discuss matters with your supervisor directly. If your supervisor cannot help you, seek advice from the Honours Coordinator.
Associate Professor Michelle Neumann
Honours Coordinator, Associate Director of Higher Degree Research (PhD and Masters by Thesis)
T: +61 7 5589 3501
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Can I make changes to my Honours units?
No. All students are required to complete the critical literature review unit (12 points), the research methodology unit (12 points) and three Education Honours Thesis units (24 credit points each). The dates for discontinuing a unit in Honours are the same as for all undergraduate students. Refer to your student diary or check with the Academic Coordinator (Postgraduate). These dates are most important. If you fail to make your changes on time normal penalties apply. The census dates are important as no fees refund is possible after these dates pass.
Students may discontinue Honours. Students wishing to discontinue their thesis should discuss the matter with their supervisor and/or Honours coordinator.
What happens if I fail a coursework unit or thesis component?
If you fail a coursework unit, you will be required to repeat the unit or a suitable substitute.
If you fail the thesis component you will be deemed to have failed the entire program and will be ineligible to be awarded an Honours degree.
How do I apply for a thesis extension?
Extensions can only be granted by the Honours Coordinator. You must apply at least two weeks before the submission date (via the Special Consideration process). It is important to note that extensions are only granted under exceptional circumstances. Even with exceptional circumstances, only a short amount of time can usually be granted. The submission date of the thesis cannot be extended for those students planning to apply to undertake a PhD (and be considered for a scholarship) in mid/end year scholarship rounds.
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