single degree

Bachelor of Policy Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

BPS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies

Are you seeking a dynamic career in politics, the public service, advocacy organisations, not-for-profit social and community services or private industry?

The ANU Bachelor of Policy Studies equips you with a comprehensive understanding of Australian public policies and related international policies.

This well-regarded education experience includes the Applied Policy Project, in which you will be engaged in an intensive student-led investigation of a policy issue or controversy relevant to your interests. You may also have the opportunity to attend the Australian National Internship Program.

Our program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge you need to gather and analyse a range of economic, demographic and social data, to evaluate public policies and programs, and to participate in policy design, advocacy and communication.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private and public sectors including banking, finance, politics, journalism, international affairs, diplomatic services, national and international law firms, non-government and non-profit organisations, academia, government and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. define key areas of contemporary Australian public policy;
  2. critique the historical development of current Australian public policies;
  3. gather and analyse economic data, social data, and statistics related to Australian public policies;
  4. interpret and evaluate the outcomes of analysis of Australian public policies;
  5. produce professional written documentation for use within the Australian policy process;
  6. communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, the findings of policy analysis and the evaluation of public policies; and
  7. engage and intervene effectively in the contemporary Australian public policy process to effect change.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Bonus Points

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to all applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/  for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$34,944.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Policy Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

54 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DEMO2001 Population Studies

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics

POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy

POLS2105 Political Leadership and Executive Government

SOCY1002 Self and Society

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice

6 units from completion of a Capstone course from the following list:

SOCY3001 Research Internship

SOCY3030 Applied Policy Project

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ECON1100 Economics 1 (H)

ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1

6 units from completion of an Australian Politics course from the following list:

HIST2227 Australian Political History

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions

POLS2121 Ideas in Australian Politics

6 units from completion of a Political Theory course from the following list:

PHIL2020 Politics Theories of Social Justice

PHIL2115 Political Philosophy from Hobbes to Mill

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory

POLS2119 Ideas in Politics

POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

18 units from completion of Key Issues in Policy Studies courses from the following list:

ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B

ASIA1022 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government

CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research Methods in Crime and Criminal Justice

CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control

CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders

ENVS3001 Climate Change Science and Policy in Practice

ENVS3020 Climate Change Science and Policy

ENVS3028 Environmental Policy

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy

INDG3001 Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians

LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics

SOCY2021 Education and Society

SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology

SOCY2056 Sociology of Work and Employment

SOCY3021 Sociology of Health and Illness

SOCY3123 Research for Public Policy

STST2001 International Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific

STST2002 Internal Security Issues in the A-P

STST2003 Securing Australia's Asia-Pacific 'Arc of Instability'

STST3002 Australian Security in the Asian Century

STST3003 The Evolution and Roles of Australia's Security and Intelligence Organisations

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours)

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units Elective Course 6 Units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100; DEMO2001 Population Studies 6 units Elective Course 6 Units Elective Course 6 Units
Year 2 48 units SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice 6 units SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Core Course 6 Units POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy 6 units
POLS2105 Political Leadership and Executive Government 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units Core Course 6 Units Elective Course 6 Units
Year 3 48 units Core Course 6 Units Core Course 6 units Elective Course 6 Units Elective Course 6 Units
Capstone Course 6 units Core Course 6 units Elective Course 6 Units Elective Course 6 Units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - four courses per semester (24 courses)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
54 units of Compulsory Courses
6 units of Capstone Courses
6 units of either ECON1101 or ECON1102
6 units of Australian Politics Courses
6 units of Political Theory Courses
18 units of Key Issues in Policy Studies courses
Eight Electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Double degree

This degree requires 96 units
A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
54 units of Compulsory Courses
6 units of Capstone Courses
6 units of either ECON1101 or ECON1102
6 units of Australian Politics Courses
6 units of Political Theory Courses
18 units of Key Issues in Policy Studies courses

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Policy Studies degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take 9 Compulsory Courses (54 units), 1 capstone course (6 units), Either ECON1100 or  ECON1102 (6 units), 1 Australian Politics course (6 units), 1 Political Theory Course (6 units), and 3 Key Issues in Policy Studies courses (18 units).
You'll also get to choose eight elective courses (48 units) from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor Policy Studies degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Policy Studies degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take 9 Compulsory Courses (54 units), 1 capstone course (6 units), Either ECON1100 or  ECON1102 (6 units), 1 Australian Politics course (6 units), 1 Political Theory Course (6 units), and 3 Key Issues in Policy Studies courses (18 units).

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
You need to enrol in the 1000 level compulsory courses.
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Policy Studies half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

You will need to enrol in the followng 1000-level courses:
•    POLS1002 Introduction to Politics in First Semester
•    SOCY1002 Self and Society in First Semester
•    ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 in First Semester 1
•    ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 in Second Semester or ECON1100 Economics 1 (H) in Second Semester




Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

There is no major and minor requirement for this degree, however you can use your elective courses to make up a major or minor.




Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in the Compulsory 1000 level Courses you should choose electives1000-level courses to make up the balance of your courses.


Study Options

Bachelor of Policy Studies - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Policy Studies.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Elective Course 6 units
POLS2105 Political Leadership and Executive Government 6 units DEMO2001 Population Studies 6 units ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1101; Microeconomics 1 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Bachelor of Policy Studies - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units DEMO2001 Population Studies 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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