Bachelor of Arts with Honours


The Bachelor of Arts with Honours is for high-achieving Bachelor of Arts students (or equivalent) who can select from approximately 30 subjects. Participants typically undertake a personalised study programme which will include a research component as well as taught electives.

For more information about why students should consider studying a postgraduate Arts programme at UC, see the Postgraduate Prospectus.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have qualified for a bachelor's degree and satisfied the prerequisites for the subject concerned. Prerequisites vary between departments, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required. 

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours comprises three to nine courses, one of which must be a research paper.


The Bachelor of Arts with Honours will normally be completed within one year, but may be completed part-time in up to two years from the first year of enrolment. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

Subject areas for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours are:

* Not open to new enrolments in 2018.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

Honours degrees are often a pathway to further study, for instance students who complete to a satisfactory standard may be able to progress to a master's degree by thesis-only.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours.

For general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For study planning help contact the College of Arts:

College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3377
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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