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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Asia and the Pacific

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

PHB
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 196 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 196 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is an innovative, research-focused undergraduate degree designed for intellectually curious students who want to explore their interests beyond the classroom. It’s the only program of its kind where disciplinary knowledge is enriched by a deep regional understanding of Asia and the Pacific.

As a member of our interdisciplinary research community you will have the opportunity to explore your interests through a diverse range of disciplines including: history, international relations, gender, culture, strategic studies, literature, politics, linguistics, anthropology, law and regulation, archaeology and economics.

You will receive one-on-one mentoring from a range of world-leading researchers at the forefront of their fields and develop your capacity for independent research and critical thinking in an academically rigorous learning environment.

The flexible nature of our PhB allows you and your academic mentors to design the program to suit your interests and includes advanced courses tailored to provide you with the high-level academic skills you need to take the first step in your research career.

During your final year of study you will be encouraged to undertake fieldwork abroad as you embark on a year-long independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. With the PhB you can choose your own adventure while gaining exceptional preparation in your chosen field and special opportunities to pursue the study of Asia and the Pacific at the highest level.

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

The PhB is an ideal path to take if you are already aiming for a career in research, but it is equally good if you decide to enter the workforce directly, as you will not only have gained the academic and generic skills normally obtained within a degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Engage with Asia and the Pacific using sophisticated concepts and methods from the humanities and social sciences to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about this region, and its place in the world.
  2. Critically analyse the research literature related to topics of interest to make meaningful contributions to the study of the Asia and Pacific region.
  3. Create specialist knowledge on the Asia Pacific region that helps to build an integrated understanding of complex social, cultural, political and/or linguistic issues.
  4. Convey and relate professional and disciplinary knowledge to diverse audiences using appropriate styles.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems, while working and learning in both independent and collaborative ways.
  6. Negotiate research projects considering their academic relevance, possible academic contributions, and ethical implications,
  7. Undertake independent research drawing on high level project management skills and a well-honed understanding of feasibility and collegiality.
  8. Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Further Information

Students are advised that 84 units of courses are required to be completed from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.  Students must complete a minimum of 18 units from Advanced Studies courses and a minimum of 18 units from Advanced Studies Extension courses, with the remainder of the 84 units to come from majors, minors or courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) requires 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.

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Admission also requires a successful assessment of suitability based on a supplementary form and two referee reports.  ;The form and reports must be submitted by November 30 in the year of application. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants.

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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 an ATAR 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:
99
QLD Band:
1
International Baccalaureate:
42

Bonus Points

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

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

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 Philosophy (Honours) requires the completion of 192 units, of which:

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

The 192 units must consist of:

144 units from completion of the following initial component:

84 units from the completion of courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which must include:

A minimum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Studies Courses from the following list, which may be completed more than once:

ASIA1114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 1

ASIA2114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 2

ASIA3114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 3

 

A minimum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Studies Extension courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

 

Either:

12 units from completion of courses from the subject area VCUG Vice-Chancellor’s Undergraduate Courses

 

Or:

12 units from completion of a research internship or industry experience related to the Asia-Pacific region

 

Or:

12 units from completion of an international experience at a university in the Asia-Pacific Region

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

48 units from completion of the following concluding component:

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ASIA4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Culture, History and Language

STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia Pacific International, Political and Strategic Studies

 

36 units from completion of one course from the following list:

THES4501 Thesis in International Security Studies

THES4502 Thesis in Asian Studies

 

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in courses from the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who do not achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark will be transferred to one of the following, depending on courses studied:

Bachelor of Asian Studies

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of Pacific Studies

Bachelor of International Security Studies

 

Students must complete the initial component in order to commence the concluding component.

 

Students must achieve a minimum 80% final Honours mark in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who achieve a final Honours mark from 50% to 79% will graduate from one of the following, depending on courses studied:

Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Languages (Honours)

Bachelor of Pacific Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours)

 

Student who do not successfully complete the Honours year with a final mark of at least 50% will graduate from one of the following, depending on courses studied:

Bachelor of Asian Studies

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of Pacific Studies

Bachelor of International Security Studies

 

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.

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The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is an innovative, research-focused undergraduate degree designed for intellectually curious students who want to explore their interests beyond the classroom. It’s the only program of its kind where disciplinary knowledge is enriched by a deep regional understanding of Asia and the Pacific.

As a member of our interdisciplinary research community you will have the opportunity to explore your interests through a diverse range of disciplines including: history, international relations, gender, culture, strategic studies, literature, politics, linguistics, anthropology, law and regulation, archaeology and economics.

Single degree

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) requires the completion of 192 units, of which:

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

The 192 units must consist of: 

  • 144 units from completion of the following initial component:

    • 84 units from the completion of courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which must include:

      • A minimum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Studies Courses from the following list, which may be completed more than once:

        • ASIA1114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 1

        • ASIA2114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 2

        • ASIA3114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 3

      •  A minimum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Studies Extension courses offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

 Either:

    • 12 units from completion of courses from the subject area VCUG Vice-Chancellor’s Undergraduate Courses

 Or:

      • 12 units from completion of a research internship or industry experience related to the Asia-Pacific region

 Or:

    • 12 units from completion of an international experience at a university in the Asia-Pacific Region
  •  48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
  •  48 units from completion of the following concluding component:
    •  12 units from completion of courses from the following list: 
      • ASIA4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Culture, History and Language
      • STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design in Asia Pacific International, Political and Strategic Studies
      •  12 units from completion of courses from the following list:
        • THES4501 Thesis in International Security Studies
        • THES4502 Thesis in Asian Studies

About this degree

In a Bachelor of Philosophy degree program you will study a total of 192 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 36 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

Remember you will need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until the end of week 2 of each semester without penalty. 
Other things to be aware of:

  • You can’t study more than 4 courses (24 units) per semester.

  • If you are intending to enrol in language courses and have previous experience with the language you wish to study, you need to sit a placement test to ensure you are enrolled at the most appropriate level of language study.  Further information is available here

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 ASIA1234.  A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements.  To find 1000-level courses, search Programs and Courses. Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College at the University

Study Options

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Asia and the Pacific Single Degree Study Plan

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ASIA1114 Advanced Studies in Asia and the Pacific 1 6 units 1000-level CAP Course 6 units 1000-level CAP Course 6 units 1000-level Elective Course 6 units
1000-level Advanced Studies Extension Course 6 units 1000-level CAP Course 6 units 1000-level CAP Course 6 units 1000-level Elective Course 6 units

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Student Centre, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific at cap.student@anu.edu.au

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