single degree

Bachelor of Languages (Honours)

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
  • Academic plan HLANG
  • Post Nominal BLang Hons
  • CRICOS code 082699C
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HLANG
  • Post Nominal BLang Hons
  • CRICOS code 082699C

Program Requirements

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

For students working on a Linguistics project:

12 units from completion of the following course:

HUMN4001 Writing for the Research Process (12 units)


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

LING4103 Qualitative Research Methods in Language Studies (6 or 12 units)

LING4100 Quantitative Research Methods in Linguistics (6 or 12 units)

LING4106 Advanced Readings in Linguistics (6 or 12 units)


24 units from completion of the following course:

THES4105 - Thesis (24 units)


For students working on a literary/cultural studies/film project:

12 units from completion of the following courses:

ENGL4020 Researching and Writing the Thesis: A Workshop (6 units)

ENGL4021 Creative Reading: Topics in Theory, Methodology and Interpretation (6 units)


12 units from completion of the following course:

LANG4100 Transnational Cultural Studies (12 units)


24 units from completion of the following course:

THES4105 - Thesis (24 units)

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 Course from first list 6 units Course from second list 6 units THES4105 12 units -
Course from first list 6 units Course from second list 6 units THES4105 12 units -

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to ANU is on a competitive basis as the number of places available in a program is limited. Admission to Honours is also subject to supervisory capacity and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.

A Bachelor Degree from ANU from the following list, or equivalent from another institution:

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of Languages (Classics)

Bachelor of Languages (Middle Eastern and Central Asia)

Bachelor of Languages (Modern European)

Bachelor of Languages (Asia)


A major or equivalent from the following list, with at least eight 2000- or 3000-level courses or equivalent:

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture


A major or equivalent from the following list:

Ancient Greek


Chinese Language

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

International Communication

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language





Sanskrit Language


Thai Language

Vietnamese Language


12 units of 2000/3000-level language or linguistic courses AND a minor, specialisation or equivalent from the following list:

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced Arabic

Advanced Chinese Language

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Japanese Language

Advanced Korean Language

Advanced Latin

Advanced Persian

Advanced Sanskrit Language

Advanced Spanish Studies

Literary Chinese


A weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL) of courses in the major, excluding 1000-level courses (i.e. introductory undergraduate courses), with the highest marks.

Written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis and the permission of the convenor.


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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:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

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:


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 Languages (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Languages, 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 language studies, and through the design and implementation of a research project, an honours thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. pose a significant research question relating to language studies;

  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to language studies, 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 requirements is not currently available 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 Languages (Honours) plan HLANG 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‚Äôs Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:

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