School of Humanities


Honours in History gives you the opportunity to better your knowledge, research skills and career prospects.

  1. Benefits 
  2. Structure
  3. Eligibility
  4. Enrolling
  5. Majors
  6. Submission requirements


Apart from the intrinsic interest of studying history at a deeper level, an honours degree in history can open many doors.

It demonstrates that a student has developed high-level written communication skills, as well as other abilities in critical thinking, analysis, argument and synthesis. It also indicates that a student has developed a sufficiently deep knowledge of the past to understand that it is essential to look to the past to understand the present.

Honours graduates in history have entered a variety of careers. These include ministerial policy officers, teachers, librarians, museum curators, public servants, archivists, as well as academics. History honours graduates from UWA include Kim Beazley, a former Federal opposition leader; Senator Louise Pratt; Mat Trinca, Deputy Director of the National Museum of Australia; Dr Felicity Morel-Ednie-Brown, Director Northbridge Study Project.

Our 2016 Honours Information Pack provides you with information about our honours course, including details of the seminars on offer in 2016 and how to apply.

All applications for History honours must be approved and counter-signed by the Chair, Professor Jane Lydon.


The honours course consists of:

  • honours dissertation (24 points)
  • honours seminar units Total 24 points)

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The discipline's requirement for admission to History honours  is an average mark of 70 per cent or above in the level 3 units of the major, or equivalent.

If you do not exactly meet those requirements you may still apply, but a special case would need to be made.

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Planning your major

If you have any queries about your major, contact the discipline chair

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You will need to negotiate a topic and supervisor. In the first instance, this should be discussed with the discipline chair.

Our dissertation guidelines provide you with information on this exercise.

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