single degree

Bachelor of Policy Studies

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

BPS
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies

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.

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.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2018

Employment Opportunities

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Policy Studies, graduates will be able to:

  1. define key areas of contemporary Australian public policy;
  2. critique the historical development of current Australian public policies;
  3. gather and analyse economic data, social data, and statistics related to Australian public policies;
  4. interpret and evaluate the outcomes of analysis of Australian public policies;
  5. produce professional written documentation for use within the Australian policy process;
  6. communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, the findings of policy analysis and the evaluation of public policies; and
  7. engage and intervene effectively in the contemporary Australian public policy process to effect change.

Admission Requirements

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.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

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.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 5 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not apply to programs with a minimum selection rank of 98 or higher. Visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$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 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

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours)

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 ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units SOCY1002 Self and Society 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1 6 units OR ECON1100; DEMO2001 Population Studies 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units
Year 2 48 units SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice 6 units SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy 6 units
Australian Politics Course 6 Units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units
Year 3 48 units Political Theory Course 6 Units Key Issues in Policy Studies Course 6 units Key Issues in Policy Studies Course 6 Units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units
Capstone Course 6 units Key Issues in Policy Studies Course 6 units POLS3039 Political Leadership and Executive Government 6 units Elective Course offered by ANU 6 Units

Single degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Policy Studies consists of 144 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1002 towards the Politics Major and the B Policy Studies compulsory course list.

For the Bachelor of Policy Studies you will need to complete:

Nine compulsory courses (54 units)
  • One capstone course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One economics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One Australian politics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One political theory course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Three Key Issues in Policy Studies courses from the designated list (18 units)
  • Eight electives from across the ANU (48 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your program.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Policy Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Double degree

This following information is to be read in conjunction with the program rules that are outlined on the “Study” tab.   Please always make sure that you refer to the program rules for the year that you commenced your program.

Bachelor of Policy Studies Double Degree program consists of 96 units. Most courses are worth 6 units each, with 48 units (8 courses) per year being the standard full-time load. During each semester you are likely to take two courses from your Bachelor of Policy Studies degree and another two courses from the other half of your double degree – making up a total of four courses per semester.

A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one list such as in a major or minor or designated list. For example, you are not permitted to count POLS1002 towards the Politics Major and the B Policy Studies compulsory course list.

You will need to complete:

Nine compulsory courses (54 units)
  • One capstone course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One economics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One Australian politics course from the designated list (6 units)
  • One political theory course from the designated list (6 units)
  • Three Key Issues in Policy Studies courses from the designated list (18 units)

Please note that you are only permitted to count six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for the Bachelor of Policy Studies. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and give you a plan that you can refer to for the duration of your program.

Enrolment Status

While it is possible for domestic students to enrol in fewer than four courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

First year students are not permitted to study more than four courses (24 units) per semester.

If you are beginning your program in Semester 1, you should enrol for all your courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 courses for full time), so that you can plan your study year.




Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234. Whilst it is important to take 1000-level courses in your first year (so that you can meet the pre-requisites for later year courses) they also can be taken later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Policy Studies half of the double degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • The following compulsory courses:
  • DEMO2001 for Semester 1 starters
  • Elective courses for students undertaking the single degree.

Electives

For students in the single degree, your electives (48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU) can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a major or minor) or courses from another ANU College.  If you have an interest in another discipline such as management, psychology or mathematics, then you should explore first year courses in these areas. In particular look at the majors and minors in these areas.  These will give you an idea of the first year courses you can study.

If you are interested in undertaking a language and have prior knowledge/experience with that language you may need to undertake a placement test – you should check with the relevant language area for further details by searching ‘language placement test’ on ANU’s website.

Study Options

Study Plan

Please refer to the "Study" tab.

Study Options

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