single degree

Bachelor of Public Policy

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

BPPOL
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Public Policy requires the completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must consist of:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ECON1101 Microeconomics 1
INDG3001 Public policy development and implementation and Indigenous Australians
POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy
SOCR3001 Data for Decision Making
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice

A minimum of 6 units from completion of introductory courses on the following list:

ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present
ECON1100 Economics I (H)
ECON1102 Macroeconomics 1
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science
SOCY1002 Self and Society

A minimum of 6 units from completion of ethics courses from the following list:

PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL2020 Theories of Social Justice

6 units from completion of empirical research courses from the following list:

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

A minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from completion of capstone courses from the following list:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A
ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B
POLS3022 Washington DC Internship
SOCY3001 Research Internship
POLS3041 Applied Policy Project

A minimum of 6 and a maximum 30 units from completion of applied public policy courses from the following list:

CRIM2001 Doing Criminology: Research and Practice in Crime and Criminal Justice
CRIM2003 Controversies in Crime Control
CRIM2004 Dimensions of Crime: Identifying and Controlling Offenders
DEMO2001  Population Studies
DEMO2002 Population Analysis
DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World
ENVS3001 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice
ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy
ENVS3028 Environmental Policy
ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy
LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics
POLS3031 Comparative Judicial Politics
POLS2043  Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying
POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia
POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions
POLS2121 Ideas in Australian Politics
POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics
POLS3038 Media and Politics
POLS3039 Political Leadership and Executive Government
SOCY2021 Education and Society
SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology
SOCY2055 Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective
SOCY2057 Relationships, Marriage and Family
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia-Pacific
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands
STST3002 Australia’s Security in the Asian Century
STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World

A minimum of 6 and a maximum 12 units from completion of political theory and political philosophy courses from the following list:

PHIL2115 Political Philosophy from Hobbes to Mill
PHIL2122 Philosophy and Public Policy
POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory
POLS2119 Ideas in Politics
POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory

A maximum of 12 units from completion of Vice-Chancellor’s courses from the following list:

VCUG2001 Creating Knowledge
VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity
VCUG3002 Mobilising Research

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

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 ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units PHIL1008 Introduction to Ethics 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Course from empirical research courses list 6 units Course from 1000-level Introductory course list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units POLS2009 Bureaucracy and Public Policy 6 units Course from political theory and political philosophy list 6 units Course from applied public policy list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
SOCR3001 Data for Decision Making 6 units SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Course from a named minimum or maximum list 6 units Course from a named minimum or maximum list 6 units Course from a named minimum or maximum list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
INDG3001 First Nations peoples, the state and public policy in Australia 6 units Capstone Internship/Project course Capstone Internship/Project course OR Course from a named minimum or maximum list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Domestic applicants

→ School leavers will be assessed on:
• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,
• the co-curricular or service requirement, and
• any program specific requirements that are listed below.

→ Non school leavers:
a) will be assessed on:
• the minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) requirement or equivalent for this program,
b) Non school leavers who:
• complete a recognised Australian (or equivalent) post-secondary qualification, or
• complete one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) of an Australian (or equivalent) degree qualification, or
• complete an approved tertiary preparation course/program without undertaking any further study,
will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. Non school leavers must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

 

International applicants

Applicants who complete a recognised secondary/senior secondary/post-secondary/tertiary sequence of study will be assessed on the basis of an equivalent selection rank that is calculated upon application. A list of commonly observed international qualifications and corresponding admission requirements can be found here. Applicants must also meet any program specific requirements that are listed below.

Diversity factors & English language proficiency  
As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

ATAR:
90
QLD Band:
6
International Baccalaureate:
34

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.

Are you seeking a dynamic career in politics, the public service, advocacy organisations, not-for-profit social and community services or private industry?

The ANU Bachelor of Public Policy equips you with a comprehensive understanding of Australian public policies and related international policies.

This well-regarded education experience includes the Applied Policy Project, in which you will be engaged in an intensive student-led investigation of a policy issue or controversy relevant to your interests. You may also have the opportunity to attend the Australian National Internships Program.

Our program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge you need to gather and analyse a range of economic, demographic and social data, to evaluate public policies and programs, and to participate in policy design, advocacy and communication.

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

Graduates may find work in the private and public sectors including banking, finance, politics, journalism, international affairs, diplomatic services, national and international law firms, non-government and non-profit organisations, academia, government and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. demonstrate understanding of differences in political systems and the contexts in which public policy operates;
2. apply concepts and theories used in the study of public policy;
3. apply a range of research methods to the investigation of public policy;
4. gather, analyse, and interpret economic data, social data, and statistics related to Australian public policies; and
5. communicate and debate both orally and in writing, and work with others, using a variety of media.

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