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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Science

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment and ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

PHB
  • Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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Satisfy your brilliance and curiosity with an undergraduate research-focussed degree.

 

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is a unique program that allows intellectually ambitious students to explore their interests, develop research skills and have one-on-one mentoring by leading academics… all while enjoying the camaraderie of a group of like-minded and social students.

 

The four year PhB program is designed with flexibility in mind - each PhB program is as individual as you are. Each year, you will work with your mentor to tailor a program you will find stimulating and challenging. This includes the option to explore disciplines outside of science.

 

You’ll also study individually tailored Advanced Studies courses to provide you with a strong base in research. Whether that be a reading course with a world-leading scientist or a globally recognised expert on the Asia Pacific region, or joining a research team to get 'hands-on' experience. In your final year you will put this knowledge into practice by undertaking a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

 

To remain enrolled in the PhB (Hons) degree, you must maintain an average mark of 80 percent each semester. Each year the PhB Committee will determine whether your performance is sufficient to remain in the program. It is possible to transfer to another undergraduate degree and receive credit for work successfully completed in the PhB. To qualify for this degree you must also have completed your final Honours year with first class honours.

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Application Information

A supplementary form and two referee reports are used in the selection of students and must be submitted by November 30 in the year of application.  Click here to access the forms.

A quota can apply and interviews and school recommendations may also be used in the selection of students.

You need to list the PhB (Hons) degree as a preference through the University Admissions Centre to be considered for admission. Students who have completed one or two semesters of tertiary study in science or in Asia Pacific studies can apply for transfer into the PhB (Hons) degree.

Career Options

Employment Opportunities

The PhB (Hons) 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 undergraduate degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and teamwork.

Through the PhB (Hons), it is possible to specialise in areas as diverse as the science disciplines of astrophysics, bioinformatics, biomedical science, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and environmental science, geography, geology, human sciences, life sciences, materials science, mathematical physics, mathematics, medical sciences, microbiology and parasitology, molecular biology, neuroscience, physics, psychology, software engineering, zoology.

Students interested in Asia and the Pacific studies can focus on a wide range of areas including asia pacific security, asia pacific politics, Asian history, Asian languages, inter-asian cultural studies, northeast asian studies, pacific studies, peace, conflict & war, south asian studies, and southeast asian studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge in educational and professional contexts:
  • Develop and use a range of skills and methods to identify, analyse and respond to complex problems and issues;
  • Identify and apply various research concepts, methodologies and methods
  • Work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives;
  • Negotiate research projects considering their academic relevance, possible academic contributions, and ethical implications;
  • Source and critically analyse research literature related to their topics of interest and research;
  • Appraise concepts and arguments related to their topics of interest and research;
  • Convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways;
  • Develop high level project management skills as support for independent study; and
  • Exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

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.

ATAR:
99
QLD Band:
1
International Baccalaureate:
42

Prerequisites

There are no formal program prerequisites and many first-year science courses assume little specific knowledge. The exceptions are:

  • For many of the biology majors, chemistry is a requirement, therefore it is recommended that students have an ACT major in chemistry, or successful completion of a bridging course in chemistry, or multistrand science in NSW, or equivalent. Chemistry is essential for all later-year courses in the biological streams of biochemistry and cell biology, microbiology and immunology, molecular genetics, animal and human physiology, and some parts of botany and neuroscience. A bridging course is available in February details can be obtained through science.enquiries@anu.edu.au
  • CHEM1101: ACT major in Chemistry, or successful completion of a bridging course in chemistry, or multistrand science in NSW, or equivalent, is required. Chemistry is essential for all later-year courses in chemistry. A bridging course is available in February details can be obtained through science.enquiries@anu.edu.au
  • MATH1003: Assumed knowledge: ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent
  • MATH1005: ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent
  • MATH1013: A satisfactory pass in ACT Specialist Mathematics Major - Minor or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students with a good pass in ACT Mathematical Methods or NSW HSC Mathematics or equivalent will be considered
  • MATH1115: A satisfactory pass in ACT Specialist Mathematics double major or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 2 or equivalent. Students with excellent marks in either ACT Specialist Mathematics major-minor or NSW HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent may be permitted to enrol
  • PHYS1101: There is a corequisite of MATH1013/1115. See the entries above. There is no formal physics prerequisite but preparation is assumed and recommended. Recommended preparation is - NSW: a high standard in 2 unit physics or a multistrand science; ACT: a high standard in physics (major).

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

A minimum of 36 units from completion of 3000 level courses

The 192 units must include:

144 units from completion of 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses chosen with the approval of the program convenor, of which:

36 units from completion of Advanced Studies courses, including:

A minimum of 18 units from the completion of Advanced Studies (ASC) courses from the following list:

SCNC2101 Advanced Studies 1

SCNC2102 Advanced Studies 2

SCNC2103 Advanced Studies 3

SCNC2104 Advanced Studies 4

SCNC3101 Advanced Studies 5

SCNC3102 Advanced Studies 6

A maximum of 18 units from completion of Advanced Studies Extensions (ASE) courses

48 units from completion of one of the following Honours specialisations:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Biological Anthropology

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth and Marine Science

Environment

Mathematics

Mathematical Applications and Computations

Neuroscience

Physics

Physics of the Earth

Population Health

Psychology

Science

Science Communication

Statistics

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in Science courses 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 the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours).

Students must complete 144 units and achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark calculated from the 36 units of courses in disciplines cognate to the Honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks and satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation in order to commence the Honours specialisation. Students who do not achieve the 70% weighted average mark after 144 units or do not satisfy all admission requirements specified in the Honours specialisation will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science.

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 with the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours). Student who do not successfully complete the Honours year with a final mark of at least 50% will graduate from the Bachelor of Science.

Majors

Specialisations

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 Science 1000 level Course 6 units Science 1000 level Course 6 units Science 1000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Science 1000 level Course 6 units Science 1000 level Course 6 units Science 1000 level Course including Advanced Studies Extension 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Science 2000 level Course 6 units Science 2000 level Course 6 units Advanced Studies Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Science 2000 level Course 6 units Science 2000 level Course including Advanced Studies Extension 6 units Science 2000 level Course including Advanced Studies Extension 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Science 3000 level Course 6 units Science 3000 level Course 6 units Advanced Studies Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Science 3000 level Course 6 units Science 3000 level Course 6 units Advanced Studies Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 4 48 units 4000 level Honours Course 24 units 4000 level Honours Course 4000 level Honours Course 4000 level Honours Course
4000 level Honours Course 24 units 4000 level Honours Course 4000 level Honours Course 4000 level Honours Course

Honours

To qualify for the degree the Honours year must be completed with first class honours.

See the Honours Degree listed in the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$37,104.00

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.

Additional Information

Advanced Studies consist of individually tailored courses specifically designed to provide students with a strong base in research. Advanced Studies are available in two formats: courses that are inherently taught at a higher level and are entirely research focussed (Advanced Studies Courses, ASC); or in the form of an extension, assessed at a higher level, attached to a regular course (Advanced Studies Extension, ASE). Students must seek approval from the program and course conveners in order to enrol in Advanced Studies.

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