Bachelor of Science - Honours (Social Sciences)

Course summary

This degree is for high achieving students who have completed the three-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in either Human Geography or Land and Heritage Management, and achieved the required academic standard of at least a credit average (65%). This Honours year is an added year of study at the end of the general Bachelor degree, and involves a year of research training.

This degree

This one-year Honours program provides you with the opportunity to undertake research on a topic of interest. An Honours degree may be used as a gateway to higher research degrees, a research-focused career, or for professions requiring advanced analytical and investigative skills.

What you will study

The UOW Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Human Geography, and Land and Heritage Management investigates issues of global significance, especially the human impact on the Earth, the management of landscapes, and the planning of cities and regions. During your Honours year you will conceptualise, plan, undertake and report on an independent geographical research project. You will construct an evidence-based approach to identify and develop your leadership potential as a geographer in the changing world.

Course information

Study area

Geography, Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1875

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

26-27

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084774C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Admission into Honours is competitive. To be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Science Honours, students will:

  • have qualified for, or be a graduate with a relevant pass degree from the University of Wollongong, or hold an equivalent qualification from another institution;
  • normally have completed at least 24 credit points of 300-level subjects relating to the Honours discipline;
  • normally have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70% for the 24 credit points of 300-level subjects relating to the Honours discipline;
  • be aware that admission is also subject to an appropriate project being available, and acceptance by an academic supervisor;
  • complete a separate application form for entry to Honours;
  • be recommended by the relevant Head of School; and
  • be approved by the Head of Students of the Faculty.

By arrangement with the Schools involved, it is possible to undertake Joint Honours (a research thesis spanning two disciplines).

English Requirements

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

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 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.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,520
Full Course Fee: $29,040

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Admission into Honours is competitive. To be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Science Honours, students will:

  • have qualified for, or be a graduate with a relevant pass degree from the University of Wollongong, or hold an equivalent qualification from another institution;
  • normally have completed at least 24 credit points of 300-level subjects relating to the Honours discipline;
  • normally have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70% for the 24 credit points of 300-level subjects relating to the Honours discipline;
  • be aware that admission is also subject to an appropriate project being available, and acceptance by an academic supervisor;
  • complete a separate application form for entry to Honours;
  • be recommended by the relevant Head of School; and
  • be approved by the Head of Students of the Faculty.

By arrangement with the Schools involved, it is possible to undertake Joint Honours (a research thesis spanning two disciplines).

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
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 JOURNEY

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.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

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.


ATAR PROFILE

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’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

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'.

STUDENT PROFILE

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.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

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.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Second Friday in December in year preceding enrolment

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

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Science (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Construct an evidence based approach to identifying and developing your leadership potential as a geographer in a changing world.
  2. Conceptualise, plan, undertake and report on an independent geographical research project. 

Course Structure

Students undertaking research in Human Geography or Land and Heritage Management will enrol in an appropriate 400-level Honours subject selected from the table below.

The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the General Course Rules Section 8.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Full-time: Select ONE of the following TWO subjects:
GEOG401Human Geography Honours Full-time48Annual
GEOG406Human Geography Joint Honours24Annual
Part-time: Select GEOG404 in the first year of study. Select GEOG405 in the second year of study
GEOG404Human Geography Honours Part 1 (Part-time Students)24Annual
GEOG405Human Geography Honours Part 2 (Part-time Students)24Annual

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Our leading researchers will give you the chance to combine wide learning with practical experience using our many regional and international networks. Our graduates are highly sought after because they are equipped with a portfolio of intellectual and technical abilities.

UOW has three main areas of expertise in Human Geography, and Land and Heritage Management research:

  • People and their environments: examining how people perceive, use and reappraise the non-human world across the local to the global scale and in different contexts.
  • Living in a cosmopolitan, urbanised world: investigating how people's identities and actions are shaped by their everyday encounters with others, especially in multicultural cities.
  • Changing economies: investigating how new industries can create pathways to a more sustainable future.

Career opportunities
  • Research Officer
  • Heritage Officer
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Hydrologist
  • Tourism and Recreation Planner
  • Geospatial Intelligence Officer
  • Market Researcher
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Ranger
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • International Aid Officer
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