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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Arts and Social Science

A single four year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
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  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) requires completion of 192 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units can come from the completion of 1000 level courses

The 192 units must include:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTS1101 Advanced Studies 1: Thinking Research

ARTS1102 Advanced Studies 2: Doing Research

ARTS2101 Advanced Studies 3

ARTS2102 Advanced Studies 4

ARTS3101 Advanced Studies 5

ARTS3102 Advanced Studies 6


48 units from the completion of one of the following Arts majors:

Ancient Greek

Ancient History




Art History and Theory

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Contemporary Europe


Development Studies

Digital Humanities

Environmental Studies


French Language and Culture


Gender, Sexuality and Culture

German Language and Culture


Human Evolutionary Biology

Human Rights

International Communication

International Relations

Italian Language and Culture


Latin American Studies


Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies


Music Technology



Political Science



War Studies


48 units from completion of one of the following Honours Specialisations:


Applied Economics


Art History and Theory

Asia-Pacific Studies

Australian Indigenous Studies

Biological Anthropology

Classical Studies

Contemporary Europe


Development Studies

Digital Humanities


Environmental Studies

Gender, Sexuality, and Culture


International Relations

Language Studies


Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies



Political Science




For all Honours Specialisations 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

60 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.


Progression requirements
Over the first 144 units: Students must have no failing grades (N, NCN, WN) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students who receive a failing grade are deemed to have failed to maintain progression requirements and they may be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts single degree.

Before commencing the final 48 units (the honours year): In order to progress into the honours year, students must meet the following entry requirements:

•    Completion of the requirements of the PhB other than completion of an honours specialisation
•    A weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 75 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the major cognate to the honours specialisation, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks
•    Written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis

and any additional requirements specified for the chosen honours specialisation. If these entry requirements are not met, the student will be transferred into the Bachelor of Arts single degree.

Performance during the honours year (the final 48 units): If a student does not receive H1 for their final Honours grade they will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) single degree. If a student receives less than 50% for their final Honours mark they will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts single degree.


The final year of the PhB consists of an Honours year. However no student is guaranteed entry to a particular Honours program or supervisor at the beginning of the degree. The work of the Honours year will consist of advanced work in a selected field of study, details of which are available through the Honours convenor of the individual discipline. The Honours program has specific dates for application which are advertised in the Honours Handbook. Further information is available on the  CASS Honours Students website.



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 For Study Plans please see the following link - - -
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Year 3 48 units - - - -
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Year 4 48 units - - - -
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Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) requires 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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Admission also requires a successful assessment of suitability based on a supplementary form and two referee reports.  The form and reports must be submitted by November 30 in the year of application. Submission of this form is compulsory for all applicants.


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:

Adjustment Factors

A maximum of 5 equity adjustments 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:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

NOTE: ANU permanently ceased accepting applications or transfers into this program on 20 June 2018. Students who had received and accepted offers for admission or who have finalised transfers before this date will be able to commence in 2019.


The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an exciting research-focused degree at the ANU. It is an integrated program leading to an Honours award. It is designed for intellectually ambitious students who aspire to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual attention from an academic advisor.

The PhB is flexible in its structure with your program determined each year in collaboration with your academic advisor. One quarter of your studies in the first three years will consist of individually tailored advanced studies courses specifically designed to provide you with a strong base in research. In these courses, you might do a reading course or literature review with an academic. In the fourth year you will undertake an Honours year centred around one Arts discipline.

A strict quota will apply to enrolments in this degree program. A wide range of scholarships is available to potential applicants.

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.

Employment Opportunities

The PhB is an ideal path to take if you are already aiming for a career in research, but it is equally good if you decide to enter the workforce directly, as you will not only have gained the academic and generic skills normally obtained within an arts degree but will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program enables students to:

  • identify various research concepts, methodologies and methods;
  • negotiate research projects by considering their academic relevance, possible academic contributions, and ethical implications;
  • source and critically analyse research literature related to their topics of interest and research, and
  • appraise concepts and arguments related to their topics of interest and research.

Further Information

When planning the courses for your degree please take into consideration:

  • Substitution of the compulsory ARTS courses for other courses is not permitted.
  • We recommend you consider an internship in industry or other organisation with research capacity (Government or NGO), and/or an international experience at a university with a reputation for research in your field of study as part of your elective courses offered by ANU; please consult with the CASS Student and Education Office about how to sequence these in your degree.
  • We recommend you consider courses from, or the completion of, the ANU Leadership and Research Minor as part of your elective courses offered by ANU.

Single degree

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Arts and Social Sciences consists of 192 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 major or elective minor.

You will need to complete:

  • One Major from the List of Majors (48 units)
  • Six Compulsory Advanced Studies courses (36 units)
  • 10 electives (60 units) from across the ANU
  • Honours year (48 units)
  • You can only count ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your degree.

You are advised to complete a Program Plan for your degree. This will help you seek advice on your course choices, ensure you meet the program requirements and plan your next three years.

Enrolment Status

If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

While it's 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.

You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.

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

You are recommended to take your 1000-level courses in your first year. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234. You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.

You can only count a maximum of ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your degree.

In your first year you need to enrol in:

  • Courses for both First Semester and Second Semester (8 courses for full time)
  • 1000 level Courses for at least one Arts major
  • Two Advanced Studies courses:
    • ARTS1101 - Advanced Studies 1: Thinking Research in Second Semester
    • ARTS1102 - Advanced Studies 2: Doing Research in First Semester
  • We recommend the remaining courses to make up your eight be 1000-level.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

See available majors for this program.

You are not required to take a minor in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Arts and Social Sciences degree, however you can use your electives to make up a minor.


For your electives (60 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU), these can be additional courses from your discipline (including the option of a minor) or courses from another ANU College. You may wish to seek advice from the relevant college that offers the course. Courses coded in the 1000 range are first year courses and most first year courses do not have any prerequisites – details of any prerequisites will be listed in the relevant course entry. 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.

Study Options

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Arts and Social Science

For study Plans please see following link

Study Options

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