Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Melbourne Bachelor of Arts offers a flexible approach to studying the humanities, social sciences and languages. Students to gain foundational knowledge and an understanding of the issues affecting our world, along with new perspectives on how to approach ideas and problems. It will equip them with broad skills, including creative thinking, effective communication and problem-solving, which are required for high achievement in a variety of careers. During the three-year degree, students will expand their knowledge, learn new ways of thinking and experience the value of critical thought in a world-class learning environment. They will have the opportunity to complement their studies and explore their passion for learning and new experiences by completing collaborative projects and student exchange programs. Graduates work in a vast range of industries locally and internationally including areas such as: diplomacy, foreign affairs, public service and government communications; journalism, publishing and writing, public relations and media management; television, radio and film; advertising and marketing; human resources, project management, corporate consulting, business analysis and research; language translation and project management for international organisations; arts management and curatorship, theatre directing, filmmaking and acting; public policy for the arts, multimedia and visual arts; teaching, adult training and development. The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program is also available for motivated and aspiring Indigenous students, offering a supported transition to university through an additional year of study. You can apply to the Bachelor of Arts on its own, or in a Graduate Degree Package (GDP) with the Melbourne Juris Doctor; Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) / (Early Childhood and Primary) / (Primary) / (Secondary); Master of Urban Planning. You can apply for a GDP direct from completing an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) as a domestic or international student in Australia or as a domestic student outside Australia. See study.unimelb.edu.au for details.


  • The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of 24 subjects (300 points, usually eight subjects at each year level). In the first year, students will complete one arts foundation subject from a choice of six. These subjects are designed to introduce central concepts, ideas and principles, assist with academic transition to university, and enable students to make informed study choices. The following specialisations are offered as minors: Chinese Societies
  • Development Studies
  • English Language Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Law and Justice.


  • Ancient World Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Indigenous Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • English and Theatre Studies
  • French
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • German Studies
  • Hebrew and Jewish Studies
  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Media and Communications
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Russian Studies
  • Screen and Cultural Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies. Additional subjects are available as minors.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL
  • For the 4-year Bachelor of Arts (Extended): Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in English (any)
  • Note: Applicants for the BA (Extended) must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Study pathways

The University's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Melbourne School of Government offer a range of coursework and research programs for students wishing to specialise in humanities and social sciences. Programs include the Executive Master of Arts, the Master of International Relations and the Master of Journalism. Masters by research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are also offered. Honours program also available.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: 85
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Parkville.

International fee range is $106,656-$121,608 based on the number of subjects taken, their credit point value and the discipline band for each subject.

Further information

The Chancellor's Scholarship guarantees very high-achieving students a Commonwealth Supported Place or International Fee Place in the graduate program of their choice, plus a range of other benefits complementing the Bachelor of Arts. Entry is guaranteed into degrees such as Melbourne's Juris Doctor (Law) and the Master of International Relations. No minimum Grade Point Average is required in your undergraduate degree. You must have completed an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate in 2018, satisfied prerequisites and any extra requirements, and achieved an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 99.90 or above. Indigenous applicants must achieve an ATAR (or notional ATAR) of 90.00 or above. This guarantee is subject to meeting any selection requirements as specified for the graduate program.

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