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Diploma of Liberal Studies

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements

The ANU Diploma of Liberal Studies is an exciting new pathway into the Bachelor of Arts. This program is delivered by ANU College (CRICOS Code 01682E) a business of Study Group Australia, on behalf of ANU. Your transcript and testamur will be issued by the Australian National University.

Students successfully completing the Diploma will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts program. Students completing the Diploma with no more than one fail or incomplete grade and with a GPA of at least 5.0 out of 7.0 will receive 48 units of credit status when they progress into the Bachelor of Arts. Students typically enroll in the most common majors and minors within the Bachelor of Arts. The transition from the Diploma to the Bachelor will allow students to complete their Bachelor of Arts after only two additional years of study for the following majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Enrolment in other majors is permitted however students may be required to complete additional requisite courses to meet the rules of those majors. Note that enrolment in the flexible double degree is not available.

Students aspiring to study at ANU, and those the University seeks to reach, sometimes do not meet the minimum entry requirements. This may be due to restricted educational opportunity, geographic location, cultural or socio-economic expectations or restrictions, lack of choice, or personal factors such as individual or family circumstances that affect success. Other students may be very close to ANU entry requirements, but miss out on entry by a small margin. These students will benefit from a high support entry pathway to ANU.

The aim of the Diploma of Liberal Studies is to provide an opportunity for high quality and aspiring students to access ANU and to succeed in degree programs on completion. If you aspire to join the Bachelor of Arts but do not meet the ANU admission requirements, this program may provide you with an alternative pathway to your future at the ANU.

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:

  • Identify problems relevant to the arts and social sciences, identify theories and find secondary sources relevant to those problems, propose solutions based on theory and the evaluation of those sources, and communicate those solutions both orally and in writing;
  • Debate issues facing contemporary Australian society;
  • Prepare academic texts that demonstrate appropriate academic practice in attribution and referencing; and
  • Learning independently with some ability to evaluate their own output.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma of Liberal Studies is based on meeting the ATAR 70 requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

  • An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken; OR
  • Relevant work experience may be considered in determining eligibility.

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Students who meet the ATAR entry requirement for Bachelor level study are not eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Liberal Studies.

Adjustment Factors

Bonus points do not apply to this program.

Domestic students who have experienced significant difficulty accessing education leading to an ATAR (or an ATAR at 70 or above) may be eligible for alternative entry pathways and should contact ANU Admissions directly. For further details see

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

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.

Program Requirements

The Diploma of Liberal Arts requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:


42 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ANUC1101 Professional Communication

ANUC1104 Introduction to Social Psychology

ANUC1105 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts

ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Thinking

ANUC1108 Terror to Terrorism: A History

ANUC1109 Close Encounters: How to Read Literature

ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age


6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANUC1102 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANUC1103 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

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 ANUC1101 Professional Communication 6 units ANUC1105 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units ANUC1109 Close Encounters: How to Read Literature 6 units ANUC1113 Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age 6 units
ANUC1103 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality 6 units ANUC1104 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology 6 units ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Thinking 6 units ANUC1108 Terror to Terrorism: A History 6 units
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