Bachelor of Research (Arts)

Course summary

As a student wishing to pursue further study in the field of humanities, you have an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your discipline with the Bachelor of Research (Arts). You may choose to specialise in History, Politics, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Language and Linguistics, International Studies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, English or Science and Technology Studies.

Comprised of research training and coursework, this single year (or part-time equivalent) degree may qualify students for advanced standing in the Master of Research (Arts).

Course information

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1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent


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Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

This program is not available to international applicants.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

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UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


2018 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,296
Full Course Fee: $26,592

This program is not available to international students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor or Masters coursework degree from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum Credit average (65% or a GPA 3.0 out of 4.0).

The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Bachelor of Research , based on academic results and relevant experience.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

As Above

Additional Criteria

All applicants for the Bachelor of Research need to apply for the Master of Research via the online application system and submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. The proposal submitted with the application should:

  • contain, in no more than one page, a clear description of the discipline area or project topic you wish to study in/undertake for the Master of Research 48cp thesis; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Applicants will be assessed on academic results and relevant experience by the Head of Postgraduate Studies and if successful a packaged offer awarded for the Bachelor of Research/Master of Research. Candidates undertake the Bachelor of Research in the first year of study, and if this degree is completed successfully they can progress to the thesis component (2nd year of study) of the Master of Research.

Note that candidates can complete the Bachelor of Research only and are under no obligation to proceed to the Master of Research.


2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.

Admission criteria

Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.



Selection Rank

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L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.


This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.


2016 intake

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All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.


For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring


Session Commences
23 July 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Use well-developed judgement and knowledge to analyse, critically evaluate and interpret advanced theoretical and technical knowledge, and research methods, in an identified discipline area.
2 Develop a project plan based on a well-developed understanding of, and reflection on, existing discipline knowledge and ideas and in the context of methodological limitations, privacy issues and the ethical conduct of research.
3 With creativity and initiative, plan a project using theoretical and technical knowledge and research methods applicable to the identified discipline area.
4 With autonomy, adaptability and responsibility as a learner, analyse, generate and communicate solutions to complex problems through the design and implementation of a project plan.
5 Communicate advanced knowledge, expert skills and ideas to a range of audiences through application of advanced cognitive, technical and language (oral and written) communication skills and careful selection of appropriate media.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Research degree comprises both research and research training, requiring students to complete 48 credit points of subjects, as specified in the chosen area of study.

Research Areas

Students completing the Bachelor of Research from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts are able to focus their research in the following areas:

  • English
  • History
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • International Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
LHA 401 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice 12
LHA 402 The Researcher: People, Places, Methods 12
LHA 403 The Project and the Plan 12
Plus ONE of the following Discipline Subjects
ENGL470 Research in English 12
HIST470 History and Theory 12
LANG470 Research Methods in Languages and Linguistics 12
PAIS470 Research in Politics and International Studies 12
PHIL470 Research Methods in Philosophy 12
SCTI470 Research in Critical Social Inquiry 12


Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The Bachelor of Research (Arts) allows you to undertake one year study in both research and research training. At the completion of this degree you may be eligible for credit towards the Master of Research (Arts).

Awards and Rankings

The federal government's Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2017 ranked UOW 1st in NSW and the ACT for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences.

UOW is also rated in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for the field of English Language and Literature.