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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

A single four year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU Joint Colleges of Science

PHB
  • Length 4 years full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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Are you looking for a degree to challenge and inspire you? Are you excited by the opportunity to undertake a research-focussed degree?

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is a unique program that allows intellectually ambitious students to explore their interests, develop their research skills and be mentored by leading academics, while enjoying the camaraderie of a group of like-minded and social students. The PhB degree has been offered in Science since 2003. The PhB degree is now rolling out for offer across a broader range of disciplines and in 2014 this degree will allow you to focus either on science or on Asia and Pacific studies - an exciting new development for high achieving students. Regardless of your main focus, there is still room for you to explore other disciplines.

The four year PhB program is designed with flexibility in mind - each PhB program is as individual as the student taking it. Each year, you will work with your mentor to tailor a program you will find stimulating and challenging, including courses from other Colleges for those who wish to pursue cross-disciplinary interests.

One quarter of the studies, in the first three years, consist of individually tailored Advanced Studies specifically designed to provide you with a strong base in research. These courses may consist of 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 the fourth or Honours year of a PhB, you will undertake a research project for most of the year under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

After completion of each 48 units towards the degree, the PhB Committee will determine whether the level of performance is sufficient to remain in the degree program. It is possible to transfer to another undergraduate degree program and receive credit for work successfully completed in the PhB. To remain enrolled in the PhB(Hons) degree, students must maintain an average mark of 80 percent  each semester.

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

 

Application Information

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, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. If you hold more than one qualification, admission will be based on your overall record. Tertiary qualifications are generally weighted more heavily than secondary. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or alternative entry scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

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

ATAR:
99
QLD Band:
1
International Baccalaureate:
42

Domestic applicant entry requirements

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.

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.

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:

SCNC1101  Advanced Studies 1

SCNC1102  Advanced Studies 2

SCNC2101  Advanced Studies 3

SCNC2102  Advanced Studies 4

SCNC3101  Advanced Studies 5

SCNC3102  Advanced Studies 6

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

48 units from completion of either a Science or an Asia and the Pacific Honours research project.

Students enrolled in the PhB(Hons) program must maintain an average of 80% in Science courses each semester to remain in this program.

Students who do not maintain 80% will be transferred to an appropriate Science degree but will still be allowed to compete for places in Honours.

 

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

 

Asia Pacific studies

Study Options

 

Refer to Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies for fields of study. PhB study options do not require completion of majors but these can be used as a guide for the scope of studies. The detailed program of study is established on an individual basis and follows the same general outline as described for the Science study option, replacing science requirements with Asia Pacific studies.

 

Science 

Majors

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
$30,111.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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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