What will I study in Honours?

The Honours program involves a major research project and two coursework subjects designed to enrich students’ research. 


  • In their Honours Research Thesis (#8 – 50%), students develop research skills and experience planning and executing a major study. Students will independently plan, research and write a 16,000 word thesis on a topic of their choice with the support of an academic supervisor. 


  • In Creativity and Design in Political Research (#4 – 25%), students learn how to undertake creative and interesting research, driven by good research questions, grounded in the discipline of political science, using illuminating and appropriate methods


  • In Frontiers of Research (#4 – 25%), students engage with cutting edge research in the discipline through a selection of intensively taught masterclasses exploring the current projects of leading POLSIS researchers


All three Honours courses require enrolment over two semesters, but midyear entry is available.  Students are required to balance intensive phases of engagement in a research centred environment on campus with independent work on their own projects.  

We encourage full-time enrolment in the Honours program, however Honours may also be completed over a maximum of four consecutive semesters on a part-time basis.