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Honours program

Curtin Business School offers a one-year program leading to the award of Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). Eligible students may choose to specialise in management disciplines within the honours program.

The School of Management honours program is committed to the development of outstanding undergraduate students. Our goal is to enable you to make a substantial contribution to your discipline and chosen profession, with emphasis on the advancement of analytical and research skills.

The honours program is available to students who have demonstrated academic excellence, and entry into the program is competitive. Honours provides you with an additional year of study consisting of a further four units and a research thesis.

There are different areas in which you may undertake an honours program, depending on the single or double major you have studied. These are:

  • Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Why study honours? The honours program is only offered to students with an outstanding academic record

Honours is only offered to students with an outstanding academic record. It differentiates you from graduates of the standard undergraduate degree, requiring you to undertake an additional year of research-based study to produce a specialised dissertation.

When you graduate with a high-quality honours degree, you may have a competitive advantage over other graduates in the marketplace. Employers often perceive the added qualification as a demonstration of advanced knowledge and ability, meaning you may be more highly sought after.

Along with the specialised research skills you’ll develop through the completion of your dissertation, an honours degree can potentially open up a wider range of career possibilities that go beyond the jobs typically available to graduates of the standard undergraduate program.

Admission requirements Application considered on the basis of your academic record

In order to be accepted into an honours program, you will need to have completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a relevant major, and demonstrated high academic results. Further, you will need to have been recognised as having the potential to study creditably at honours level, as determined by the Honours Committee.

Applications are assessed on the basis of previous student research projects and the opinions of two academic referees. If you meet these criteria, you will be interviewed, after which you will be invited to participate if your application is successful.

Course structure The honours program can be completed in either one or two years

  • one-year full-time study or two years part-time study
  • four units of advanced coursework and the completion of a research thesis
  • small classes of 10-15 students, which allows for significant interaction and a different mode of learning and study.

Research thesis Provides evidence of the student's ability to undertake original research

  • must be submitted as part of the honours year
  • worth 100 credits and is regarded as a critical part of the the program because it provides evidence of the student’s ability to undertake original research under supervision
  • supervisor is appointed after consultation with the student, the Manager of Postgraduate studies and Honours Programs and relevant staff
  • each student must prepare a research proposal as part of the unit, Introduction to Research Methods for Honours MGMT4005. The proposal is prepared with the supervisor who will provide feedback and advice on the student’s proposed research.

Assessment A scale is used in assessing the honours grade from results in the honours year

First Honours Grade

The class of Honours is determined by the Head of School considering the recommendation of the Examiners Panel . The final honours grade is obtained after weighting the dissertation grade and the coursework grades.


  • an examination panel appointed to examine all Honours dissertations
  • panel consists of the Manager of Postgraduate studies and Honours Programs, and the student’s supervisor and if required, an independent staff member appointed by the Head of School.

Examiners reports

  • the student is entitled to receive two examiners reports
  • copies of dissertations submitted for examination will be returned to candidates immediately after the examination process. Errors and other matters noted by the examiners shall be corrected by candidates before submission of a bound copy of the dissertation. Two hard cover bound copies of the dissertation are to be prepared by the student, one to be kept by the student, the other to be handed to the School