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Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours)

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

BPPOL
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPPOL
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 097616K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HPPOL
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 097616K
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

36 units from completion of the following course(s):

POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods

THES4103 Thesis

12 units from the following list:

POLS4038 Comparative Political Institutions

POLS4039 Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS4040 Comparative Federalism

POLS4041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S 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 POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods 12 units - POLS4009 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 1 6 units POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2 6 units
THES4103 Thesis 6 to 24 units - - -

Admission Requirements

An AQF Level 7 Bachelor Public Policy degree or equivalent, completed within the last two years: 

1.    with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70  per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses from the Bachelor of Public Policy requirements listed as compulsory, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.
2.    with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis.

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. Subject and performance-based adjustments do not 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: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$44,640.00

Scholarships

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 Public Policy (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Public Policy, 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 public policy, 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

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to public policy;
  2. Investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of theory and methodology as appropriate to public policy, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. Communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is not currently avaialble for this program.

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 Public Policy (Honours) plan HPPOL is the CASS Associate Dean (Education). 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: http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours/honours-convenors.

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