The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or PhB is a four-year program for intellectually ambitious students who want to focus on research in their bachelor degree. You will be part of an influential cohort of students, working alongside leading academics solving real-world research problems together.
For a truly global experience, combine your PhB from ANU with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). You will spend three semesters at NUS, the best university in Asia*, doubling your access to leading academics, research and networking opportunities.
Three major areas of study are available in this joint program: chemistry, mathematics and physics.
*QS World University Rankings 2016
Advanced Studies Courses (ASCs) or research projects will make up 25 percent of your courses in your first three years of the PhB, allowing you to develop your research skill. Many of our students go on to publish their research at an undergraduate level.
You will be paired with a world-class academic mentor who will provide you individual support and help you choose your courses and research projects. In the fourth, or 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. You can create and negotiate a research project of your choice, or your mentor can help you find one.
Support for PhB students extends to financial assistance too: students outside the ACT will be automatically considered for a relocation grant valued at $6,500.
The PhB program is designed with flexibility in mind. Each year, you will work with your mentor to develop an individual program you will find stimulating and challenging. You also have the option to explore disciplines outside of science.
This is a truly international program. In addition to your time at NUS, you can conduct research in collaboration with other universities around the world, undertake an internship with other International Alliance of Research Universities such as Cambridge, Yale or Oxford, or present at international conferences.
Many of our graduates have used the PhB program as a pathway to completing PhDs in some of the best universities around the world, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, UC Berkley and of course ANU. The networks you develop during your PhB will give you an edge in an academic career.
The PhB equips you with similar advantages when entering the workforce. Your skills in independent research, communication and teamwork are all highly marketable in any field.
Your pathway to medicine
The PhB allows you to gain entry to postgraduate medicine at ANU without having to sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test). Each year, ten places are reserved in our Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program for students who successfully graduate from the ANU Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Science. Coming into medicine via the PhB means you will already have research experience in the medical field.
How to apply
In addition to applying via UAC, applicants are required to complete the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) supplementary form and nominate two referees to support their application. Applicants must also fill out relevant sections of the referee form (PDF, 86KB) prior to forwarding the form to their referees for completion. Referees should submit the form and their report directly to the College via email at email@example.com.