single degree

Diploma of Liberal Studies

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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Society and Culture

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 Analysing the Social World: An 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

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 and including any eligible adjustments:

- 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.

Entry requirements

Domestic School-leavers

Domestic students completing an Australian Year 12 or the IB program (November session) in Australia in 2019 apply directly to The Australian National University by submitting an Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application here. All students will still need to meet the published entry requirements for the program they have applied for.

 In addition to meeting the published entry requirements, school leavers are required met the co-curricular or service requirement (CCS). The CCS functions as a threshold that is either met or not met, you can learn more about the CCS and check if you’ve met the CCS requirement here.

You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’.

Domestic Non-School leavers

Domestic non-school leavers (including students transferring to ANU, mature age applicants and students who are otherwise not a school-leaver) can apply to ANU via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

 You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.

Additional Information for applicants

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found on the ANU website.

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 allows you to do side-by-side comparisons of Australian universities, so you can find out more about the universities that interest you.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

The admission requirements listed on this page are a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:


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

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 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Please note that Adjustment Factors vary and do not apply to a select few programs,  please 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.

The ANU Diploma of Liberal Studies is an exciting new pathway into the Bachelor of Arts. 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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  1. 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;
  2. Debate issues facing contemporary Australian society;
  3. Prepare academic texts that demonstrate appropriate academic practice in attribution and referencing; and
  4. Learning independently with some ability to evaluate their own output.
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