• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Craig Collins
    • Dr Dorota Gozdecka
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
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The Honours Thesis makes up Part B of the final Honours Examination for students wishing to graduate with an honours degree. For this course a student must complete an honours thesis on a topic of their choice, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff or a person approved by the Course Convenor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of the course the student will have undertaken a limited but systematic study of an issue in the law of the student's own choosing, and presented the results of that study in a written form which is accessible to an interested, but not necessarily informed, legal reader. The student will have developed legal research and writing skills; and will have educated himself or herself further in the law, its methods and limits.

Other Information

To assist students to prepare their detailed research proposal and to undertake Honours Thesis, the ANU College of Law offers Honours Thesis Workshops each year.  Attendance is voluntary. Dates will be advised through the Program WATTLE sites. It is strongly recommended that students attend a Workshop at least three months before the semester in which they enrol in Honours Thesis. Students may attend more than one Workshop. 

Indicative Assessment

Students are required to complete a thesis of between 11,000 and 13,000 words on a topic of their choice, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff or a person approved by the Course Convenor.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


There are no classes scheduled in this course. Instead, students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors during the semester and to devote at least 20 hours per week to the thesis.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor.

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Enrolment in Honours Thesis is restricted to students who satisfy the following requirements:

  • the candidate, at the time of completion of his or her studies in the Law School, will have completed 14 or more eligible law courses
  • the candidate has, by Tuesday of the first week of the semester in which they will undertake Honours Thesis, submitted to the Law School Administration Office a form signed by their supervisor indicating that the supervisor has read and approved a detailed research proposal prepared in accordance with issued guidelines, and has agreed to supervise the student
  • the candidate is in a position to complete the requirements for admission to the degree in a period of one year or less as a full-time student
  • at the time that the candidate qualifies under paragraph 3, the candidate has an Honours mark of 4.5 in the eligible law courses completed by the candidate, after disregarding the three courses (or less, if the Policy on Award of Honours in the Law School otherwise requires) in which the candidate has scored the lowest marks
  • Guidelines for the detailed research proposal are available in the course outline for Honours Thesis (which can be accessed via the Law web page) or by request from the course convenor.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2411 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7387 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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