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Course summary

One in every 13 Australians is employed in the ever-growing tourism industry. It’s an industry that contributes $55.3 billion to the Australian economy each year.

Southern Cross University recognises and contributes to this success, complementing its tourism and hospitality-related degrees through strategic partnerships with the Hotel School Sydney and the Hotel School Melbourne.

If you’re intrigued by an aspect of tourism or hospitality, this Honours degree enables specialist understanding in your discipline while also building your competence as a researcher.

With the supervision of our experts, you'll be equipped for the academic rigour that such research requires, and you'll build a bridge to further study at masters or doctorate level.

Career opportunities are found within research and policy-based organisations such as state and local government, market research companies, private and/or public policy businesses, and collaborative consultancy.

Interested applicants need to contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic prior to lodging their application.



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An Honours year allows students to enhance their self-management skills, and provide in-depth research into a topic interest. 

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Establish the quality and appropriateness of analysis and linkage of findings to the research problem, along with practical and theoretical implications.

Demonstrate a contribution to the body of knowledge by producing a thesis appropriate to a discipline area.

Present research proposals and findings at academic forums, and incorporate feedback received into the study.

Identify and scope a research-worthy, discipline-specific problem, taking into account the important theory, practical application, ethical considerations, and the time and resource constraints applicable to the study.

Demonstrate an appreciation of the current issues and developed thinking pertaining to the discipline area investigated by producing a literature review which appropriately identifies relevant sources of information.


Develop a research question in collaboration with a research supervisor.

Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding

Ethical practice

Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and well-developed responsible behaviour.

Describe and apply a recognised ethical framework to analyse behaviour in a discipline or workplace/organisation.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding and application of research, analytical and technical skills in a tourism or hospitality research context.

Demonstrate and apply in-depth discipline specific knowledge and skills with a global perspective.

Lifelong learning

Critically review the literature relevant to their research question and methodology.

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner

Communication and social skills

Investigate and explain leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Appraise self and team regarding participation and performance.

Prepare and deliver well developed discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally for scholarly and public contexts.

Prepare and deliver well developed and justified, discipline advice using written communications suitable for scholarly and public contexts.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural awareness relevant to the research question and methodology

A research methods unit together with a thesis makes up the requirements for the Honours program. 

Students will study independently and closely with a supervisor from the School to successfully complete their Honours thesis. 

Positions in a wide range of research, policy-based organisations including state and local government tourist offices, market research companies, private and/or public policy businesses, and collaborative consultancy.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'