Media (Honours) - 4510

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Media (Honours)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Media (Honours) is a 48 UOC (one year equivalent) advanced undergraduate degree for high achieving students which may be undertaken upon completion of an undergraduate pass degree in Media. The BMedia (Hons) can be completed full-time or part-time. A student undertaking this program will complete honours within the area of media specialisation in their pass degree. The program enables students to expand and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Media and to develop highly sought after analytical, problem solving and research skills through undertaking a significant independent research thesis or a practice-based research project. The program may be a pathway to a PhD.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Program Objectives
On completion of the BMedia (Hons) students will be able to:
  1. apply a highly developed critical understanding of theoretical concepts relevant to the field of enquiry addressed by the thesis topic.
  2. critically reflect on and apply existing knowledge, ideas and practice within the relevant areas of media and media research.
  3. independently plan and carry out a research project.
  4. effectively communicate ideas, analyses and findings in oral presentations and writing.
Learning Outcomes
The Program-Level Learning Outcomes for the BMedia (Hons) are as follows:
  1. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles, concepts and research methods in the chosen field of media practice
  2. Demonstrate cognitive skills that review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge
  3. Identify and formulate solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  4. Demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts in the chosen field of media practice and the capacity to keep abreast of changes in this field
  5. Demonstrate an ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  6. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in scholarship
  7. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others, in the context of media production and consumption
  8. Demonstrate communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  9. Construct a research project that demonstrates technical skills in research and design
  10. Construct a research project that demonstrates critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding, and the capacity for enterprise, initiative and creativity by developing original contributions for the chosen field of media practice.

Program Structure

The basic requirements for the degree are:
  1. Coursework (18 UOC)
  2. Thesis/research project (30 UOC)

Stream Specialisations

Honours is available in the following streams:

Honours Mark and Classes of Honours

The Honours mark for the awarding of the class of Honours is based on all components of the program. It will be determined from the student's weighted average mark for all of the courses (coursework and thesis/research project).

Honours will be awarded in the following classes, based on the student's WAM rounded to the nearest whole number:
  • Class 1: WAM of 85 and above
  • Class 2 Division 1: WAM of 75 to 84
  • Class 2 Division 2: WAM of 65 to 74
  • Class 3: WAM of 50 to 64

University Medal

An honours student in this program may be nominated for a University Medal in line with the University Medal Policy ( and Procedures (

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed the UNSW Bachelor of Media or other recognised Level 7 qualification with a major in a stream offered in the program. Students in a dual degree must have completed 144 uoc including all requirements for the Media component. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher (or equivalent) in the media courses and the stream seeking to be further studied. The WAM for the Screen & Sound Production stream will also include the film studies courses. It is subject to resources and the approval of the Head of School in which the stream(s) is/are based.

The conferral of the honours degree for dual degree students is subject to students completing all requirements of the dual degree. Students who subsequently withdraw from their dual degree after the completion of honours will only be conferred the honours degree if they have met all requirements for the single degree.

How to Apply

Students intending to apply to the Honours program must first discuss their eligiblity and study program with the Honours Convenor in the relevant school prior to submitting an application.

All applications are to be submitted to UNSW Apply Online.

Academic Rules

To qualify for the award of the degree a student must:
  1. complete all requirements for the Honours program (48 UOC)
  2. complete the coursework requirement for their area of study (18 UOC)
  3. complete a research project or thesis (30 UOC)


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Important Information

The Academic Rules for the UNSW BMedia (Hons) and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Centre for advice.
Tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
Location: Room G1 Ground Floor, Morven Brown building (C20)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
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