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Honours with CBE

A variety of Honours programs, including single and combined Honours, are available to students with an excellent record in their previous undergraduate studies.

In each Honours program students have the opportunity to undertake higher level coursework and carry out an independent research project under the guidance of a specialist academic supervisor.

The benefits of an Honours year

Studying Honours can:

  • Provide an opportunity for more in-depth study of your chosen subject and refinement of your expertise in the field.
  • Enhance your research techniques and help you develop the skills to undertake a substantial research project.
  • Offer a pathway for students interested in going on to a PhD.
  • Provide a competitive edge in the job market and be an aid to faster career progression.

There are several reasons why students should consider doing Honours in Economics and Commerce. The Honours degree offers significant advantages for those interested in pursuing careers in the private and public sector as well as for those interested in pursuing an academic career. An Honours degree marks you as a special graduate, one with a distinguished academic record. This distinction combined with the knowledge and thinking and problem solving skills gained during the Honours year opens up more job opportunities and accelerated career prospects.

For those individuals considering further studies, an Honours degree opens the door to coursework graduate levels studies in Australia and overseas. For those individuals considering an academic career, a strong result in Honours will gain you entry into most PhD programs in Australian and overseas.

Program structure

Honours is an elite and challenging program for top students. It requires a fourth year of additional study after the three-year Bachelor Degree (or combined degree equivalent). The Honours program may be undertaken in one year full-time or on a part-time basis.

Generally, the Honours program includes a coursework component (4 courses to the value of 24 units). The remainder of the Honours program (24 units) consists of research which leads to the writing of a thesis.

To find out more about each Honours program, browse the IV Honours course for the discipline:

Information regarding Applications

Places for Honours are strictly limited and are competed for on the basis of academic merit. Please note that the Honours application process varies depending on whether the applicant is a current or external student.

Students should discuss possible supervisory arrangements with an area convener prior to applying.

Current ANU students

Existing ANU students thinking of doing an Honours year should make themselves known to the convener for the relevant Honours program at the start of their final year of undergraduate study. The Honours codes and further information is available on Programs and Courses website (Example Honours in Commerce is HCOMM). The current list of Honours codes are: HCOMM, HECON, HSTAT, HFINN, HACTS, and HACCT.

How to Apply

Existing ANU students both Domestic and International need to submit an application form which is accessible from the Programs and Courses Website. You will need to type in the Honours code in the search bar (e.g. HCOMM) and once you are on the program, there is an apply button on the top right hand side.  

Transfering from another Australian university

Students from other Australian universities are also encouraged to consider doing their Honours year at the ANU. Non-ANU (external) students need to complete an application form on Programs and Courses and submit it by the relevant closing date.

Application for external International Honours applicants can also contact your nearest ANU Education Agent for further guidance.

Information on closing dates, supporting documentation required, and submission addresses are listed on the forms. 

Program Leave for Domestic Students Only

If you are a domestic Honours student wishing to go on program leave, please complete this Application Form

Updated:   24 February 2017 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team