Definition of honours course in English:

honours course

(US honors course)


  • 1(in the UK) a course of degree studies more specialized than for an ordinary pass.

    ‘a BA Honours course in Art and Design’
    • ‘His reorganization of the academic year and establishment of a division between pass and honours courses lasted for over a century.’
    • ‘He despaired of getting any intellectual stimulus from the hired coaches who crammed undergraduates for the two traditionally prestigious honours courses.’
    • ‘The university said it planned to set up some three-year honours courses.’
    • ‘She registered for the honours course in the School of Zoology.’
    • ‘Some subjects also offer you the option to specialize in your final year, and single honours courses are also available.’
    • ‘Having made her decision to complete the mathematics honours course, she was fortunate to meet fellow student V C Morton.’
    • ‘He has just ended his estimable academic career teaching an honours course on Lear.’
    • ‘He prepared editions of some of the texts newly introduced as set books for university honours courses.’
    • ‘Though ineligible for admission to the honours courses, he applied for the BA programme and was accepted.’
    • ‘He helped to establish an honours group in history by offering an honours course in his own subject of constitutional law.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US) an academic course reserved for students meeting certain advanced requirements.
      ‘the junior improved his GPA from 1.5 to 3.3 and now takes honors courses’