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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact

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 (6 units)

POLS1002 Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science (6 units)

POLS2002 Public Policy: Theory and Practice (6 units)

POLS2009 Bureaucracy, Politics and Power (6 units)

POLS3041 Applied Policy Project (6 units)


6 units from completion of qualitative methods courses from the following list:

POLS3045 Qualitative Methods in Political Science Research (6 units)

SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)


6 units from completion of quantitative methods courses from the following list:

POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis (6 units)

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (6 units)


A minimum of 36 units and maximum 48 units from completion of core public policy courses from the following list:

DEMO2001 Understanding Population Change (6 units)

DEMO2002 Population Analysis

DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World

DEMO3001 Population Policy Case Studies

ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present (6 units)

ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3028 Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy (6 units)

HIST2022 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

HIST2112 Plagues, Pandemics and Public Health in History

HIST2227 Australian Political History (6 units)

INDG3001 First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

POLS2011 Development and Change (6 units)

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying (6 units)

POLS2111 Elections, Political Behaviour and Public Opinion in Australia (6 units)

POLS2114 Australian Political Institutions (6 units)

POLS2119 Ideas in Politics (6 units)

POLS2130 Public Choice and Politics (6 units)

POLS3029 Sharing Power: Federalism in Comparative Perspective (6 units)

SOCR3001 Data for Decision Making (6 units)


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

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program A (6 units)

ANIP3005 Australian National Internships Program B (12 units)

POLS3022 Washington DC Internship (12 units)

SOCY3001 Research Internship (6 units)

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 POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units Course from Public Policy list 6 units Course from Public Policy list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 6 units Course from Public Policy list 6 units Course from Public Policy list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
POLS2002 Public Policy: Theory and Practice 6 units SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods 6 units Course from Public Policy list ANU Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Internship Course Internship Course Course from Public Policy list 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
POLS3041 Applied Policy Project 6 units Course from Public Policy list 6 units ANU Elective Course 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 guarantee entry into the program.


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.


The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.

Domestic applicants

Before applying for a program, you should review the general information about domestic undergraduate admission to ANU programs and how to apply, and the program-specific information below.

  • Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:
    • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors) requirement for this program; and
    • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:
    • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:
    • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
    • English language proficiency; and
    • any program-specific requirements listed below.
  • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

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.

Further information is available for English Language Requirements for Admission

ATAR:
85
International Baccalaureate:
31

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points added to an applicant's Selection Rank (for example an applicant's ATAR). ANU offers adjustment factors based on performance and equity principles, such as for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study.

Please 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
$46,176.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates my 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

  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.

Inherent Requirements

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

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Course selection

Enrolling for the first time can seem like a big task. Below, you will find an example enrolment pattern for your first year of study. 

 There are a few items to note:

  • Courses coded in the 1000 range are appropriate for first-year students. We strongly recommend that students new to tertiary study enrol in first-year courses during their first semester. 
  • We recommend you start a CASS Program Plan. This is a way to track how the courses you take fit within the overall structure of your degree and will help you pick your later year courses.
  • The tables below represent only one possible combination. You are welcome to pick and choose from any other 1000-coded course found under the “Study Tab”. 
  • The tables below assume you are new to tertiary study and ineligible for course credit. 
  • A step-by-step guide on how to enrol in courses is available on the Enrol for the First time webpage.

Single degree

First Semester Intake –single degree Bachelor of Public Policy, example

Semester 1

POLS1002

ECHI1006

Elective

Elective

Semester 2

POLS1009

ECON1101

Elective

Elective

Second Semester Intake – single degree Bachelor of Public Policy, example

Semester 2

POLS1009

ECON1101

Elective

Elective

Semester 1

POLS1002

2000 level PPOL course

Elective

Elective

Other first year courses available: to find all other 1000-level courses, refer to the Catalogue of Programs and Courses. You may refine your selection on the right-hand column of the webpage.

Double degree

First Semester Intake – double degree Bachelor of Public Policy, example

Semester 1

POLS1002

ECHI1006

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 2

POLS1009

ECON1101

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Second Semester Intake – double degree Bachelor of Public Policy, example

Semester 2

POLS1009

ECON1101

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Semester 1

POLS1002

2000 level PPOL course

Course from other degree

Course from other degree

Study Options

Bachelor of Public Policy - Single Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present 6 units Elective Elective
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Elective Elective

Bachelor of Public Policy - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1002 Introduction to Politics 6 units ECHI1006 The Australian Economy: Past and Present 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree
POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science 6 units ECON1101 Microeconomics 1 6 units Course from other degree Course from other degree

Academic Advice

Course credit

If you have undertaken previous study that is relevant to your current academic program, you can request to receive course credit. For more information and how to apply, see the CASS credit application webpage, or contact the CASS Student Office.

Other important information for new students

Please refer to the New students page. You will find all the information you require to activate your ANU email account, enrol into courses and our O week details.  

 

Need help?

If you would like further information or advice regarding your degree, please contact the Student Office. We offer appointments, and you can reach us at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

You can also check out our in person opening hours and location on the CASS Student Office webpage.

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