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.
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.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry 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.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Bachelor of Arts with Honours comprises three to nine courses, one of which must be a research paper.
It will normally be completed within one year, but may be completed part-time in up to two years from the first year of enrolment.
Subject areas for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours are:
- Art History
- Art Theory
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Humanities
- European Studies
- Human Services
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Media and Communication
- Pacific Studies*
- Political Science and International Relations
- Social Work
- Te Reo Māori
See the Bachelor of Arts with Honours schedule for course options and requirements for each subject.
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.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
For course advice contact the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangataa
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800