The 34-year-old is renowned as the frontman of Dirty Pretty Things, and a co-founder of The Libertines with Pete Doherty.
This Is Fake DIY reports that the University of Winchester has now chosen to bestow an honorary degree on Barat in recognition of his contribution of the arts.
Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Stuart said that the university was "delighted to honour such a creative and reflective performer", and added that Barat was an innovative contributor to contemporary British music.
The singer and guitarist has family ties to the university, as his mother is currently employed there and his sister graduated from Winchester with a BA in Drama this year.
In his acceptance speech, he discussed drugs, Pete Doherty and Brian May, and added that he had turned up to accept the doctorate "before they realised it was a mistake".
Barat revealed in the summer that The Libertines had been offered the opportunity to perform at the Olympics, but turned it down for undisclosed reasons.
He has also confirmed recently that he and Doherty have plans to write new material together.
Watch the video for The Libertines' 'Don't Look Back into the Sun' below: