Honours program

Honours degrees are a natural extension to a bachelor degree. You will study in small classes of 10 – 15 students, which provides significant interaction and a different mode of learning and study. You’ll develop high-level skills related to your chosen discipline area and acquire appropriate analytical research skills.

Programs are available for the Bachelor of Commerce and the Bachelor of Laws.

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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Curtin Business School offers a one-year program leading to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. The honours year provides you with a structured introduction to research at an advanced level, developing both technical and analytical skills and reinforcing critical and independent thinking.

Entry into the honours program is only offered to students with an outstanding academic record. Successful completion of an honours degree differentiates you from graduates of the standard undergraduate degree, demonstrating to prospective employers a high capacity for independent learning and problem solving.

You will develop academic and practical research skills through the completion of a large individual research dissertation. An honours degree provides you with a taste of postgraduate study. It provides an excellent grounding for graduate level study, and many honours graduates go on to complete a Masters or PhD program.

Fields of specialisation

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation
  • Tourism

Why study honours? The honours program is only offered to students with an outstanding academic record

Honours students will stand out from the crowd in the job market given their demonstrated practical skills in research, analysis and decision making. Employers look favourably on honours graduates, as they have demonstrated the ability to study independently at an advanced level.

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of your discipline and chosen area of specialisation
  • Boost employability demonstrating skills of problem-solving, critical and independent thinking
  • Sharpen your research and development skills
  • Gain an asset that sets you apart in the labour market
  • Network with like-minded and high achieving peers, mentors, academics and researchers
  • Use it as a pathway to further study of a higher degree by research

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

The Curtin Law School offers a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) course consisting of one year (two semesters) of full-time study at the Curtin University Law School city campus, involving both coursework and research components.

Program structure

The coursework component will consist of Advanced Legal Research and Writing for Honours (LAWS4000), Jurisprudence (LAWS4001) and Contemporary Legal Issues Seminars (LAWS4002) in semester 1.

The research component, Honours Dissertation in Law (LAWS4003) will be undertaken in semester 2 and will involve the completion of a 12,000-word dissertation on a topic developed under the supervision of an academic from the Curtin Law School.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from a recognised Australian university with a Course Weighted Average of at least 70% to be considered.

Eligibility is competitive and quota restricted with preference given to students that have completed Bachelor of Laws at Curtin University. The course is only available to domestic students.

How to apply

Eligible Curtin LLB students will be invited to apply to the LLB (Honours).

Interested applicants who are completing (or have completed) their LLB at another Australian university should contact the Honours Coordinator and Deputy Head of School, Dr Michelle Evans at michelle.evans@curtin.edu.au for further information on how to apply.

Further information about the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) can be found in the Courses Handbook