Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Australian National University (ANU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00120C

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Standard 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

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years

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:

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