Bachelor of Philosophy - Arts and Social Sciences (Honours)

Australian National University ANU

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an exciting research-focused degree at the ANU. It is an integrated program leading to an Honours award. It is designed for intellectually ambitious students who aspire to study at the highest level. Every student receives intensive individual attention from an academic advisor. The PhB is flexible in its structure with students' program determined each year in collaboration with their academic advisor. One quarter of studies in the first three years will consist of individually tailored advanced studies courses specifically designed to provide students with a strong base in research. In these courses, students might do a reading course or literature review with an academic. In the fourth year students will undertake an Honours year centred around one Arts discipline. A strict quota will apply to enrolments in this degree program. A wide range of scholarships is available to potential applicants.

Course Fee:

International: $161,664

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent


192 Arts units including: 1 arts major (48 units), compulsory advanced studies courses (36 units), elective courses (60 units), Honours year (48 units). Students must obtain an average mark of 80% in each semester in order to remain in this program. Honours must be completed at first class honours level to graduate with the degree.

Subjects you can Study:

Ancient Greek; Ancient history; Anthropology; Arabic; Archaeology; Art history; Art theory; Australian Indigenous studies; Biological anthropology; Contemporary Europe; Criminology; Development studies; Digital humanities; English; Environmental studies; European history; French language and culture; Gender, sexuality and culture; Geography; German language and culture; History; International communication; International relations; Italian language and culture; Latin; Latin American studies; Linguistics; Middle eastern and central Asian studies; Music; Persian; Philosophy; Political science; Sociology; Spanish

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00120C

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info Yes Full time 4 years
Canberra No info Yes Part time 8 years

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