Honours Degree of Bachelor of International Development

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to international development questions no one else has asked. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Entry into honours is selective and competitive. Our prerequisite is at least a distinction average in the Bachelor of International Development or your major in International Development. Applications are called for by departments/disciplines in October and November each year.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Partner with an academic supervisor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic.
  • Develop marketable skills in research design, data analysis and project management.

Further details on honours are available from schools and disciplines in the faculty. 


  • Demonstate your advanced capabilities with a Honours degree
  • Research the source of and solutions to global inequity
  • Be part of a community of world-leading academics

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH006
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July (subject to availability)
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Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH006

Fees and Scholarships

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Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Potential careers

Member of Parliament, Ministerial Adviser, NGO Policy Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Community Project Manager, Policy Developer, Project Officer, Diplomatic corps, Quarantine Officer, Research and Education, Resource Management, Social Researcher, Sustainability Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health, Safety and Welfare Manager, UN Human Rights Officer, Indigenous Language Revitalisation Project Officer, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Humanitarian / Aid Worker

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021