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Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours)

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

BPS
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPOLS
  • CRICOS code 082701C
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPOLS
  • CRICOS code 082701C

The Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Policy Studies, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of policy studies, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a 20,000 word thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to policy studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to policy studies, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Further Information

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.

 

The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) plan HPOLS is the CASS Associate Dean Students. All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.

 

Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at: http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours/honours-convenors.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Policy Studies Degree from ANU, or equivalent from another institution

 

with a weighed average mark of at least 70 per cent, calculated from the 36 units of courses with highest final marks, excluding 1000-level courses, from courses from the Bachelor of Policy Studies requirements listed as compulsory

 

and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis

Bonus Points

Bonus points to do not apply to 1 year honours programs. 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 Policy Studies (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS4009 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 1
POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2
POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods
THES4103 Thesis


HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero
 

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.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar 12 units THES4103 12 units - -
SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar 12 units THES4103 12 units - -
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