Honours Overview


Honours in Linguistics trains you to undertake research in the discipline in order to create new knowledge, at a level that is both more advanced than at undergraduate level and which broadens your knowledge in specialised sub-areas of the discipline. It prepares you for further postgraduate research study and provides research and analysis skills for professional employment.


Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in linguistics; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in linguistics; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in linguistics; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in linguistics, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Linguistics major.

Intake periods

Beginning of year only


Honours in Linguistics can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.


Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

Please note that students taking SOCS4102 Social Sciences Professional Placement, which is an ungraded pass/fail unit, will have their final Honours grade calculated without this unit.

Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS ANTH4103 Knowing Social Realities: Theoretical Foundations
ANTH7483 Honours Seminar 3 (Anthropology)
S1 LING4104 Advanced Topics in Linguistics
LING7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Linguistics)
NS SOCS4100 Social Sciences Research Skills
Enrolment in
any Honours Programme
or a Masters dissertation project.
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2 SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1None
S1, S2 SOCS4141 Honours Dissertation 2
Successful completion of
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Take SOCS4102 Social Sciences Professional Placement or a substitute unit approved by your dissertation supervisor and the Honours coordinator

AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit requirements
NS, S1, S2 SOCS4102 Social Sciences Professional Placement
Approval of the unit coordinator