ANU Science - Bachelor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview

There is no other degree like it in Australia. In the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) you’ll 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 do throughout the first years of your degree is excellent preparation for your honours year. During honours 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

  • A fourth year of study that is a continuation of an undergraduate degree focused on a research project
  • Identify a supervisor and an area of research
  • Full-time for two consecutive semesters and includes research training
  • 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.

Program details

The PhB program is a four year research intensive undergraduate degree designed with flexibility in mind. Each year you will work with your mentor to develop a program that is individually tailored to be stimulating and challenging.

Some of the study areas in science, health and medicine include:

  • astrophysics
  • biology, biotechnology, botany, life sciences, microbiology and parasitology, molecular biology and zoology
  • chemistry
  • computer science and software engineering
  • earth science and geology
  • environmental science and geography
  • mathematics, mathematical physics and bioinformatics,
  • medical science, biomedical science, human sciences and neuroscience
  • physics and materials science
  • psychology.

You also have the option to explore disciplines outside of science.

Key facts

  • 4 years full-time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Pathway to Doctor of Medicine and Surgery

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

Careers

Graduate research pathways

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 PhB can also provide a pathway to the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) without having to sit the GAMSAT. Each year, 10 places are reserved in our medicine program for students who successfully graduate from the PhB program and undertake a successful interview.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Field trips

Put scientific theory into practice through one of our many exciting fieldwork trips. Study the environment in Vietnam, natural disasters in Japan or the biology of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Internships

As an intern, you will get hands on work experience that will put you ahead of the competition when it’s time to graduate. And did we mention you’ll get credit towards your degree?

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World class facilities

Our new $240-million science precinct on the ANU campus has state-of-the-art biological and chemical research laboratories, as well as a teaching hub.

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Learning experience

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Lachlan Arthur in Swiss

My marathon exchange

Lachlan Arthur went on exchange to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and it was nothing short of amazing.

Read Lachlan's story
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PhB student Rebecca

Want to publish papers while still an undergrad?

PhB student Rebecca will be leaving university with her name not only on a bachelor’s degree, but on more than half a dozen published papers.

Read more about Rebecca's astronomy research
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Flexibility and opportunity: the PhB experience

“I’ve tried languages, physics, anthropology, chemistry, and mathematics, but biology is what I discovered I love the most, particularly genetics.”

Find out how Laura's research is helping put food on your table

Fees & scholarships

Fees

Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Scholarships

Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

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Convenors

Professor Jodie Bradby

Professor Jodie Bradby, Physics PhB Discipline Coordinator

Professor Jodie Bradby

Jodie leads a group on high pressure physics at the ANU Research School of Physics. She is also the current President of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Jodie's research looks at the physical response of materials to pressure. Her recent successes include making a diamond that’s harder than a jeweller’s diamond and also a new type of silicon which can be used in more efficient solar cells.

Dr Giel Van Dooren

Dr Giel Van Dooren, Biology PhB Discipline Coordinator

Dr Giel Van Dooren

Giel is the leader of the van Dooren Group, researching cell biology and metabolism of apicomplexan parasites at the ANU Research School of Biology. He also teaches experimental modules in the Australian Society for Parasitology Concepts in Parasitology course. He currently serves as the ACT representative on the Australian Society for Parasitology council.

Dr Tegan Cruwys

Dr Tegan Cruwys, Psychology PhB Discipline Coordinator

Dr Tegan Cruwys

Tegan is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in health, clinical and counselling psychology, social and community psychology, and mental health. She is a recipient of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Research Award.

Currently Tegan is leading a trial of a program to improve social connections, run in partnership with Australian Rotary Health and Headspace.

 

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