single degree

Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HASIA
  • CRICOS code 085327G
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HASIA
  • CRICOS code 085327G
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

12 units from the completion of either:

STST4001 Fundamentals of Research Design In Asia-Pacific International, Political and Security Studies


ASIA4001 Fundamentals of Research Design In Asia-Pacific Culture, History and Languages


36 units from the completion of:

THES4502 Thesis in Asian Studies

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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Asian Studies degree or equivalent, completed within the last two years:

  1. with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent in relevant courses in their Bachelor Pass Degree (i.e., courses that are relevant to their proposed honours thesis), excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses).
  2. With a minimum of 24 units of sequential language study or equivalent proficiency in an Asian language OR a 48 unit major or equivalent in Pacific Studies
  3. with a 24 unit minor or equivalent in a cognate discipline.
  4. with the written approval of an identified supervisor and the CAP Honours Program Convenor for the thesis.

Cognate Areas

Asian Studies; Ancient History; Anthropology; Applied Japanese Linguistics; Archaeology; Art Theory; Asian Art History; Asian History; Asia-Pacific Politics; Asia-Pacific Security Studies; Asian Studies; Chinese Studies; Comparative Politics; Criminology; Development Studies; Economic Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Culture; History; Human Rights; Indonesian Studies; Inter-Asia Cultural Studies; International Communication; International Relations; International Security Studies; Linguistics; Literatures of Asia; Northeast Asian Studies; Pacific Studies; Peace, Conflict and War Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Political Theory; Psychology; Social Research Methods; Sociology; South Asian Studies; Southeast Asian Studies; Sustainable Development.

Adjustment Factors

Bonus points to do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 Asian Studies Honours year is an opportunity for those who have completed a good pass degree to do independent research relating to Asia or the Pacific in one of the world's leading universities. As an Honours student you will have access to the wealth of Asian-Pacific expertise across the ANU and to the great holdings of the University and the National libraries. You will have expert supervisory guidance and research training in the College of Asia and the Pacific. With a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours) degree, you will acquire in-depth contextual knowledge and develop the research skills you need to move on to a higher research degree and/or professional employment.

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 have the skills and knowledge to:

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