The Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of Policy Studies, 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 policy studies, 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.
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Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- pose a significant research question relating to policy studies;
- investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to policy studies, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
- communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.
Further InformationIf 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 Policy Studies (Honours) plan HPOLS is the CASS Associate Dean Students. 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.
An AQF Level 7 Bachelor Policy Studies degree from the ANU, completed within the last two years:
1. with a weighed average mark of at least 70 per cent, calculated from the 36 units of courses with highest final marks, excluding 1000-level courses, from courses from the Bachelor of Policy Studies requirements listed as compulsory; and
2. with the written approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis.
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Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.
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- Annual indicative fee for international students
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The Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:
48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: Σ (mark x units) / Σ units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero