Undergraduate

Honours Programme

Overview

From 2007 onwards, ARS3 students who intend to pursue a BA (Hons) degree do not need to declare the Honours track in the Graduating and Academic Planning System (GAPS). Students will move on to the Honours track directly upon fulfilling ALL of the following criteria:

Cohort 2012-2015

  1. Completed at least 110 MCs, including 60 MCs of SE major requirements; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20

Cohort 2016 onwards

  1. Completed at least 110 MCs, including 44 MCs of SE major requirements; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20

Students who have met the honours track criteria but do not wish to pursue the honours programme should file for graduation for the B.A degree. Students who have started on their Honours programme, but their CAP subsequently fall to below 3.20, are still allowed to complete their Honours requirements.   This is because we do not remove the Honours track status from students even if they subsequently fail to sustain the minimum CAP.

The Honours Thesis (HT) is not a compulsory requirement to be awarded an honours degree. However, Honours students are encouraged to write an Honours Thesis (HT) which will allow them to carry out in-depth work on a topic of interest with the advice of a Faculty member. Students who do not want to do the HT may still engage in independent critical reading or research work through the Independent Study module (ISM). Honours year students will be given priority in accessing level-4000 modules and are also able to read a maximum of 2 level-5000 modules.

Many SE Honours students choose to conduct part of their research in a Southeast Asian country. A student project fund is available to fund students' research projects. Honours students can claim half of their actual expenditure on their projects, subject to a maximum of $100 per project.

Honours Thesis

To qualify for Honours Thesis, students must meet the following requirements:

Cohort 2015 and before

  1. Completed at least 110 MCs, including 60 MCs of SE major requirements; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.50
  3. Preclusion: SE4660

Cohort 2016 onwards

  1. Completed at least 110 MCs, including 44 MCs of SE major requirements; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.50
  3. Preclusion: SE4660

Advanced Registration for Honours Thesis

Students are allowed to register for the HT one semester in advance in order to lock in their minimum CAP requirements. Instructions for the advanced registration exercise will be sent to students at the appropriate time.

Registration for HT lasts for a maximum of two (2) semesters. Students are allowed to withdraw their registration, without penalty, in the first semester.

Independent Study Module (ISM)

Students who would like to read the ISM must meet the following requirements:

Cohort 2012-2015

  1. Completed at least 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in SE; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20
  3. Preclusion: SE4401

Cohort 2016 onwards

  1. Completed at least 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in SE; and
  2. Obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20
  3. Preclusion: SE4401

Conferment of B.A.(Hons) and Classes

Honours Degree Classification CAP (Based on all modules read)

Honours (Highest Distinction)

4.50 & above, plus completion of Honours Thesis*

Honours (Distinction)

4.00 - 4.49

Honours (Merit)

3.50 - 3.99

Honours

3.00 - 3.49

Pass

2.00 - 2.99

*Students with CAP of 4.50 and above but did not do the Honours Thesis will be awarded Honours (Distinction) instead.

Please refer to the FAQs on Degree Classification for Cohort 2012 onwards.

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