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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Arts and Social Science

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

  • Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an exciting research-focused degree at the ANU. It is an integrated program leading to an Honours award. It is designed for intellectually ambitious students who aspire to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual attention from an academic advisor.


The PhB is flexible in its structure with your program determined each year in collaboration with your academic advisor. One quarter of your studies in the first three years will consist of individually tailored advanced studies courses specifically designed to provide you with a strong base in research. In these courses, you might do a reading course or literature review with an academic. In the fourth year you will undertake an Honours year centred around one Arts discipline.


A strict quota will apply to enrolments in this degree program. A wide range of scholarships is available to potential applicants.

Career Options

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 an arts degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • identify various research concepts, methodologies and methods;
  • negotiate research projects by considering their academic relevance, possible academic contributions, and ethical implications;
  • source and critically analyse research literature related to their topics of interest and research, and
  • appraise concepts and arguments related to their topics of interest and research.

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.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

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.

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.

Program Requirements

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

A maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000 level courses

The 192 units must include:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTS1101 Advanced Studies 1: Thinking Research

ARTS1102 Advanced Studies 2: Doing Research

ARTS2101 Advanced Studies 3

ARTS2102 Advanced Studies 4

ARTS3101 Advanced Studies 5

ARTS3102 Advanced Studies 6


48 units from the completion of one of the following Arts majors:

Ancient Greek

Ancient History




Art History

Art Theory

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Contemporary Europe


Development Studies

Digital Humanities

Environmental Studies


European History

French Language and Culture


Gender, Sexuality and Culture

German Language and Culture


Human Rights

International Communications

International Relations

Italian Language and Culture


Latin American Studies


Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies




Political Science




48 units from the completion of an Honours Specialisation that is listed in the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) as cognate to your Arts major, and for which any additional entry requirements as specified in the orders for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) have been met.


60 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted mark across ARTS-coded courses and any courses listed in the rules for your major undertaken in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Your major is defined as the major listed in the rules to which you have completed the largest cumulative number of units.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 80% weighted average mark in each period will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts single degree.



Elective Study

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

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTS1101 Advanced Studies 1: Thinking Research 6 units ARTS1102 Advanced Studies 2: Doing Research 6 units Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Arts Major 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ARTS2101 Advanced Studies 3 6 units ARTS2102 Advanced Studies 4 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units ARTS3101 Advanced Studies 5 6 units ARTS3102 Advanced Studies 6 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Arts Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units
Year 4 48 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units
4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units 4000 Level Honours Course 6 units


The final year of the PhB consists of an Honours year. However no student is guaranteed entry to a particular Honours program or supervisor at the beginning of the degree, rather entry to particular Honours programs will be guaranteed with successful completion of a major (and specific Honours prerequisite courses) at the standard required for continuation in the program.


The work of the Honours year will consist of advanced work in a selected field of study, details of which are available through the Honours convener of the individual discipline. The Honours program has specific dates for application which are advertised in the Honours Handbook.  Further information is available on the CASS Honours Students website.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students


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.

Additional Information

When planning the courses for your degree please take into consideration:

  • Substitution of the compulsory ARTS courses for other courses is not permitted.
  • We recommend you consider an internship in industry or other organisation with research capacity (Government or NGO), and/or an international experience at a university with a reputation for research in your field of study as part of your elective courses offered by ANU; please consult with the CASS Student and Education Office about how to sequence these in your degree.
  • We recommend you consider courses from, or the completion of, the ANU Leadership and Research Minor as part of your elective courses offered by ANU.
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