single degree

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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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  • 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
    • Society and Culture not elsewh

Program Requirements

To qualify for this degree, you will need to complete all of the course requirements, normally at High Distinction level, and complete the Honours year with first class honours. After your completion of the equivalent of each 48 units for the degree, the College will determine whether your level of performance is sufficient to remain in the degree program. It will be possible to transfer to another undergraduate degree program of the College and receive credit for work successfully completed in the PhB/BA (Hons)

The degree requires completion of at least 192 units as approved by the College of Arts & Social Sciences on the recommendation of the PhB Convenor, requirements include:

a) No more than 60 units from courses offered at 1000 level;

b) A minimum of 96 units (or equivalent NUS MC) from courses offered at 2000/3000 level at ANU or 2000-4000 level at NUS;

c) A minimum of 96 units (or equivalent NUS MC) from courses offered by theCollege of Arts & Social Sciences (ANU) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (NUS);

d) Completion of a minimum of 60 units (or equivalent NUS MC) in your ANU major with the approval of the Assistant Dean (PhB) to meet eligibility requirements for entry to Honours at ANU;

e) Completion of a minimum of 18 units of Advanced Studies courses ARTS1101, ARTS1102, ARTS2101 at ANU + 3 modules (12MC) of Independent Study Modules (ISMs) at NUS;


f) An Honours year to the value of 48 units completed at first class honours level.

g) At NUS students will complete 15 modules (60 MC) over three semesters i.e. 5 modules per semester, including a minimum of 8 modules in their major; 3 modules approved for their 2nd major and 4 modules of USP First Tier modules.

The Associate Dean (Students) can approve variations to the above pattern where appropriate.


The fourth 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, rather entry to particular Honours programs will be guaranteed with successful completion of a major (and specific Honours pre-requisite courses) at the standard required for continuation in the program.

The criterion for continuation in the program normally will be an average mark of 80% in each semester.

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 major disciplines. 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

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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.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

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:


None but there may be prerequisites or levels of assumed knowledge for individual subjects i.e. post-beginners language subjects.

Adjustment Factors

A maximum of 5 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: This program has been disestablished as at 30 June 2019 and so ANU is no longer accepting applications or transfers into this program.


This joint program will allow you to study at two world-renowned universities. You can choose from up to four available majors in this highly selective program which provides students with ambitious and intellectual challenges. These include, English, history, political science, and philosophy.


This integrated program is offered in partnership with the Australian National University and the National University of Singapore and will lead to an Honours award upon completion.


You will have significant flexibility and can tailor their program of study in close consultation with their individual program coordinator.

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 first semester, 2019

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Study Options

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

A typical study plan for the first year as follows:

Study Options

Year 1 48 units ARTS1101 Advanced Studies 1: Thinking Research 6 units ARTS 1000-level Course 6 units ARTS 1000-level Course 6 units HIST 1000-level Course 6 units
ARTS1102 Advanced Studies 2: Doing Research 6 units ARTS 1000-level Course 6 units ARTS 1000-level Course 6 units ARTS Course 6 units
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