single degree

Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDEVS
  • CRICOS code 081558B
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HDEVS
  • CRICOS code 081558B

Program Requirements

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

A minimum of 12 units from completion of research training courses from the following list:

ANTH4011 History of Anthropological Theory
ANTH4012 Theory and Ethnography in the Analysis of Cultures
POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods
SOCY4009 Sociology Honours Theory Seminar
SOCY4010 Sociology Honours Methods Seminar

A maximum of 12 units from completion courses from the following list:

POLS4009 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 1
POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2

24 units from completion of any of the following compulsory course:

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 For study plans, please see the following link - - -
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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor of Development Studies Degree from ANU, or equivalent from another institution with a weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units of courses with highest final mark, excluding 1000-level courses, from the Development Studies major and Regional Studies in Development specialisation and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis.


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Adjustment Factors

Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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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 Development Studies (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Development 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 development 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 Development Studies;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to Development 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 Development Studies (Honours) plan HDEVS 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:

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