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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 Marketing within the Honours program.

Honours in Marketing is offered to students who have completed undergraduate studies in marketing at an above-average level. Entry into the program is highly competitive.

The Honours year provides you with a structured introduction to research at an advanced level, developing both technical and analytical skills and reinforcing critical and independent thinking. You’ll complete one semester of coursework units with an emphasis on research methods, and in semester two you’ll undertake a major academic research dissertation under the supervision of a School of Marketing academic

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

An Honours degree isn’t for everyone. It’s only offered to students with an outstanding academic record. It differentiates you from the standard undergraduate degree by requiring an additional year of research-based study to produce a specialised dissertation.

Graduates with a high-quality Honours degree may have a competitive advantage over graduates in the marketplace or be more highly sought after, as the added qualification and specialised research skills can be perceived by employers as a demonstration of advanced knowledge and ability.

Honours graduates may also be eligible for PhD scholarships.

Admission requirements Application considered on the basis of your academic record

Admission to an honours program is at the discretion of the manager of postgraduate and honours programs, who consider each application on the basis of your academic record. A working guideline for acceptance is an undergraduate degree in marketing or related fields demonstrating high academic results.

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.