Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Australian National University (ANU)

There is no other degree like it in Australia. You will get to explore your interests by undertaking research as an undergraduate student, get one-on-one mentoring by leading academics. All while enjoying the camaraderie of a group of like-minded students. The research you will do throughout your degree is excellent preparation for your fourth Honours year of your PhB. You will undertake a year-long research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor. This is where you can really indulge your passion and explore a topic in detail. Honours year The fourth year of study that is a continuation of an undergraduate degree with a focus on a research project. You will need to identify a supervisor and an area of research. Full-time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training; in-depth analysis of current concepts in the broad environment field and in the selected specialized research area; and a substantial, original research project culminating in the production of a thesis. Honours extends the knowledge and skills developed during the Bachelor degree and provides a solid foundation in the practice of research suitable for entry to a broad range of careers or to a PhD.

Course Fee:

International: $169,920

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; or Associate Diploma; or Associate degree; or AQF Diploma; or Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma; or Graduate Certificate; or at least 1 standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level. ATAR: 99, QLD Band: 1, International Baccalaureate: 42


192 units, of which: a minimum of 36 units must come from the completion of Advanced Studies; 48 units must come from the completion of an Honours research project with first class honours. In order to be eligible for admission into Honours, students must meet the admission requirements of the relevant Honours discipline. It is possible, by taking Advanced Studies in breaks, to accelerate the program to complete in 3.5 years. To remain enrolled in the PhB (Hons) degree, students must maintain an average mark of 80 per cent each semester.

Subjects you can Study:

Astronomy and astrophysics; Biochemistry; Biology; Biomedical science; Biotechnology; Botany; Chemistry; Computer science; Conservation biology/ecology; Earth sciences; Ecological studies; Environmental management; Environmental science; Forestry and forest products; Genetics; Geographic information systems; Geography; Geology; Human sciences; Materials science; Mathematical sciences; Medical science; Microbiology; Molecular and cell biology; Neuroscience; Photonics; Physics; Plant sciences; Psychology; Resource management; Soil science; Statistics; Vegetation and wildlife management; Zoology

Study Pathways:

It is possible to transfer to another undergraduate degree program in Science and receive credit for work successfully completed in the PhB. Students who have completed one or two semesters of tertiary study in science can apply for transfer into the PhB (Hons) degree. After completion of each 48 units towards the degree, the Committee will determine whether the level of performance is sufficient to remain in the degree program. To remain enrolled in the PhB (Hons) degree, students must maintain an average mark of 80% in science courses each semester.

Further information:

This course is an ideal path to take for students already aiming for a career in research, but it is equally good for students entering the workforce directly as they will have gained highly marketable skills in independent research, oral and written communication and also in teamwork. Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in Science courses in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). For more information please view:

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00120C

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra 99.05 Yes Full time 4 years
Canberra 99.05 Yes Part time 8 years
ANU was set up in 1946 as the national research institution by the Australian Parliament to enhance the economic, social cultural and intellectual development of the nation. Part of the Group of Eight, ANU is recognised as one of Australia's leading universities for education and is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities.

Students at ANU engage with leading minds and learn from world-class researchers, with six Nobel Prize winners and two Australian prime ministers among its staff and Alumni. With over 170 partner universities across 37 countries, students have the opportunity to make global connections by going on an exchange, undertaking an internship or participating in fieldwork.

ANU has a mix of undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, many of whom live in University residences. International students come mainly from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA, with significant numbers also coming from Europe, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand.

The campus is located in the centre of the nation's capital, Canberra. Canberra is a university city and home to many national institutions. Offering a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the city has a high concentration of national museums and galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants. For the active, the capital is etched with bike paths and walking trails, and is surrounded by stunning Australian landscape. Facilities on campus include a wide range of student accommodation, modern laboratories and teaching facilities, five main libraries, medical services, sporting fields, gym, food vans and cafes.

The University provides specialised services to assist students, including a tailored orientation program, Counselling and Health Service, Academic Skills and Learning Centre, Disability Services and the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre. There are also many student clubs and societies for a diverse range of sporting, social and other interests.

Provider CRICOS: 00120C

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