Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Australian National University ANU

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is a unique program that allows intellectually ambitious students to explore their interests, develop research skills and have one-on-one mentoring by leading academics, all while enjoying the camaraderie of a group of like-minded and social students. The four year PhB program is designed with flexibility in mind - each PhB program is individual. Each year, students will work with their mentor to tailor a program they will find stimulating and challenging. This includes the option to explore disciplines outside of science. Students also study individually tailored Advanced Studies courses to provide them with a strong base in research. Whether that be a reading course with a world-leading scientist or a globally recognised expert on the Asia Pacific region, or joining a research team to get 'hands-on' experience. In the final year students will put this knowledge into practice by undertaking a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Course Fee:

International: $171,840

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 No info Yes Full time 4 years
Canberra No info Yes Part time 8 years

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