Honours Program

Honours Program Information

Overview

The Honours program is an alternative option for students wishing to undertake research during the 4th year of either the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years or the Bachelor of Primary Education degrees; or during the 3rd and 4th years of the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree. Entry to the Honours year is based on application and merit. (All references to programs and degrees discussed on this website include the Dean’s Scholar program for each degree.)

The School of Education offers the following undergraduate Honours Programs:

  • Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (Honours)

Valuable qualities gained by UOW graduates are essential for gaining employment and making an important contribution to society and their chosen field.

In particular, Honours students are encouraged to:

  • Make a contribution to theory, research and pedagogy of education;
  • Conduct independent research in education and report its outcomes in a scholarly manner in the form of a thesis as well as other forums such as conference presentations and journal articles;
  • Work co-operatively with individuals and groups, including students, supervisors, the Honours Coordinator and faculty research groups, as well as participants and informants in research sites;
  • Conduct educational research in ways that are intellectually honest, with professional integrity and knowledge and enactment of appropriate ethical standards;
  • Be aware of changing conditions and situations in research settings;
  • Seek out opportunities and apply knowledge in educational research that will contribute beneficially to educational research and practice;
  • Participate in the research culture within the School of Education and the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Time Frame

Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Honours)
Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

  • Research and thesis completion occurs between February & October in the 4th Year of the degree.

Bachelor of Physical And Health Education (Honours)

  • Research and thesis completion occurs between July & May in the 3rd & 4th years of the degree.

Thesis Length

Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Honours)
Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

  • The expected length of the Honours thesis is 15,000–18,000 words.

Bachelor of Physical And Health Education (Honours)

  • The expected length of the Honours thesis is 12,000–15,000 words.
Last reviewed: 15 March, 2017