Students should ensure they review the Course Structure information provided on the Course Details page for their Bachelor’s Degree. It is essential that students complete any Foundation units identified in that information at the earliest available opportunity in their studies. For those degrees which do not identify any Foundation Units, the necessary fundamental knowledge is incorporated within each degree specific major in your course. Where Foundation units are identified, they are essential and are chosen to provide fundamental knowledge which will assist you throughout the remainder of your studies. In some cases these foundation units are also essential prerequisites to enable you to undertake required units within your chosen majors, so these units should always be completed as early as possible in your course.
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- The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) / Bachelor of Modern Languages allows you to combine UWA's prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) program with a major in one of eight modern languages. Students whose study plans permit are strongly encouraged to undertake a minor in a second language. This combined degree is designed for students who are seeking a strong research focus in their studies and understand the additional employment and research opportunities that a high degree of language competence can provide. In addition, studying one or more languages in depth gives you access to a greater range of international exchange programs.
Enrolment Guidance for Majors and Minors:
Students should choose one degree-specific major from the BH011 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). When enrolling on StudentConnect, this major will start with the code MJDC.
Students should also choose one degree-specific major from the BP054 Bachelor of Modern Languages. On StudentConnect, this major will start with the code MJD.
Students are permitted to take one second major (on StudentConnect, this will start with the code MJS) and up to two minors (on StudentConnect, minors start with the code MNR), if they meet the pre-requisite requirements of those majors and minors and can complete all majors and minors within the 240 credit points of their combined degree.
Students are not permitted to enrol in the following degree-specific major(s) or second major(s) in this combined course:(1) MJD-PSYCH Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (2) MJS-PSYCY Psychological and Behavioural Sciences .
Please see the course rules for more information. Students should consult with the Bachelor of Philosophy Student Office before enrolling.
- Course code
- Current / 2023
- Administered by
- School of Humanities
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Kati Tonkin
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- 240 points comprising 40 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Attendance type
- Full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- Delivery mode
- Standard full-time completion
- 5 years
- Standard part-time completion
- 10 years (maximum 12 years)
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- First Degree major(s)
Students should take a degree-specific major from the BP054 - Bachelor of Modern Languages
- Second Degree major(s)
- Students should take a degree-specific major from the -
excluding the majors listed below:
MJS-PSYCY Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Visit the fees calculator.
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
Example Study Plans
- CB031 - BModLang and BPhil Hons - HIST and JAPN - March 2023 [docx]
- CB031 - BModLang and BPhil Hons - PHYS and GRMN - March 2023 [docx]
See study plans for more information.
Key to availability of units:
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- non-standard teaching period
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (18 points):
|Availability||Unit code||Unitname||Unit requirments||Contact hours|
|S1||GCRL1000||Global Challenges, Research and Leadership||
||1 x 2 lecture and 1 x 2 hour workshop for 12 weeks|
|NS, S1, S2||GCRL2000||BPhil Research Placement (0 points)||
||no set contact hours but an expectation of a minimum workload of 75 hours over a semester or equivalent|
|S1||LING1001||Language and Communication||
||Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.|
|S2||LING2008||How Language Shapes Society||
||Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.|
1. These rules are the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)/Bachelor of Modern Languages Degree Combined Course Rules.
2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials module
4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.
(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.
English Language competency requirements
5.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5 with no individual band less than 7.0.
(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 100, a minimum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.
(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.
(5) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.
6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have
(a) achieved an ATAR of at least 98, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;
(b) an assured pathway offer;
(c) a place in a relevant UWA access program.
Admission ranking and selection
7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
8.(1) A student enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UWA may apply to transfer into this combined degree course if they satisfy the following conditions:
(a) the student has not commenced their final semester of enrolment in their current course;
(b) the course transfer is undertaken within the two transfer windows in each academic year;
(c) there are no quotas preventing the student from enrolling in a major or unit in which the student seeks to enrol; and
(2) the student has completed a minimum of 24 points of study in their current course and achieved a WAM of at least 75
(3) transfer to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is by invitation only. Eligibility according to Rule 8 does not guarantee entry.
(4) the student applies to transfer at the point of completing 48 points of study. A competitive entry process will apply as places within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) are strictly limited.
(5) A student enrolled in this combined course may apply to transfer out in place of an alternative exit, if they satisfy transfer rule 8 of the course BP054 Bachelor of Modern Languages.
(6) A student enrolled in this combined course may apply to transfer out in place of an alternative exit, if they are in Good Standing' and have completed at least one of the foundation units of BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).
The Combined Bachelor's degrees consists of 240 credit points (normally 40 units), comprising:
(a) no more than 96 credit points (normally 16 units) at Level 1; and
(b) at least 96 credit points (normally 16 units) completed at Level 2 and Level 3, including at least 36 credit points (normally 6 units) at Level 3; and
(c) a degree-specific major for the BP054 - Bachelor of Modern Languages :
(d) a degree-specific major fulfilling the requirements of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), excluding majors listed in 9(c).
and(e) any relevant foundation units; and
(f) any Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) core units; and
(g) 24 points of an Honours project associated with the major chosen at Rule 9(d) above; and
(h) 12 points of level 4 coursework units associated with the major chosen at Rule 9(d) above.
and(2) Students may choose to undertake an additional major and/or up to two minors from any undergraduate degree, provided the student will be able to complete all nominated majors and minors within 240 credit points.
(3) Notwithstanding rule 9(1) (d) above, a student may, with the permission of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) coordinator, undertake a language major as a degree specific or second major in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).
(4) Notwithstanding rules 9(1) (g) and 9(1) (h) above, a student may, with the permission of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) coordinator, choose to complete the honours project and coursework units of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in the language chosen as the degree-specific major for the Bachelor of Modern Languages.
(5) Notwithstanding rule 9(1) (h) above, students must take 24 points of level 4/5 coursework units in their honours component.
10.(1) This rule does not apply.
11.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass all units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
(2) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.
(3) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.
12.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.
(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances
(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';
(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';
(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 11(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';
(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(2) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 11(1).
(3) A student who has a weighted average mark below 75 in their first academic year but who, in the opinion of the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) Selection Group of the Curriculum Committee, has a reasonable prospect of attaining a cumulative weighted average mark of 75 by the time their progress is next assessed, is assigned the progress status of On Probation' and appropriate conditions are applied to allow close monitoring of the student's progress in the next period with a view to course transfer if appropriate.
(4) To be awarded the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) a student must achieve an Honours classification of 2A or above.
(5) A student who is awarded an Honours classification below 2A is awarded the degree to which their degree-specific major belongs with the relevant classification of Honours.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).