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.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Policy Studies, graduates will be able to:
- define key areas of contemporary Australian public policy;
- critique the historical development of current Australian public policies;
- gather and analyse economic data, social data, and statistics related to Australian public policies;
- interpret and evaluate the outcomes of analysis of Australian public policies;
- produce professional written documentation for use within the Australian policy process;
- communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, the findings of policy analysis and the evaluation of public policies; and
- engage and intervene effectively in the contemporary Australian public policy process to effect change.
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.
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More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.
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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.
- QLD Band:
- International Baccalaureate:
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 Bachelor degree 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. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.
Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher 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
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.
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 Introduction to 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
CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research and Practice 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
STST2001 International Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands
STST3002 Australian Security in the Asian Century
STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours)
|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||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|
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