How to apply

At ANU, you'll be studying at one of the top 20 universities in the world*.

The application process depends on whether you are a domestic or international applicant and the type of degree or program you are applying for.

*2016 QS World University Rankings


Domestic undergraduate student

Applying is easy. Go to the University Admissions Centre (UAC) website, use your UAC application number and pin to login then follow the instructions.

ANU may make offers in the earlier rounds to applicants with completed qualifications or transferring from another institution with one year of full time tertiary study. So if you're thinking about ANU, make sure you apply in time. Visit the UAC website for all offer round deadlines.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) applicants

In addition to applying via UAC, applicants to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), or PhB, should complete the Bachelor of Philosophy Honours (PhB) Supplementary Form.

Current ANU students

Information for currently enrolled students wishing to change the program they are studying.

International applicants

Information on closing dates, application procedures and contacts for international applicants. The University also has an extensive network of official international agents in more than 50 countries to help you with your enquiries and application.

Advanced standings "Credit transfers"

We welcome students seeking to obtain advanced standing or ‘credit transfer’ into selected Bachelor programs.


Students need to identify a research project and find an academic supervisor when applying for Honours year.

The closing date for semester one entry is 30 November (exceptions: Psychology and Fenner School applications are due on the 31st of October), and the semester two closing date is the last Friday in June.

The likely start date for Science Honours in 2015 is 1 February 2016.

How to apply for Honours in Science

How to apply for Honours in Science (PDF 434KB)

Current ANU students

Current ANU students should submit an Honours application form directly to the Science Enquiries Office (Peter Baume Bld 42, level 2) using the Application for admission to Honours (science/current ANU students) form (pdf, 148KB).

Domestic applicants

Domestic students applying for Honours year should use the Application for Admission to Honours Year (PDF, 109KB) form.

International applicants

International students applying for Honours year should apply online.


Current ANU students

Currently enrolled students wishing to change the program they are studying may apply for a program transfer. New students may not apply for a program transfer until they have studied for at least one semester/session. Find more information and forms on Students website.

Domestic applicants

For the purposes of admission and enrolment at ANU, domestic applicants are:

  • Australian or New Zealand citizens (or dual citizenship holders of either country)
  • Australian permanent residents
  • Holders of Australian humanitarian visas

Domestic student application for graduate coursework programs is through the University Admissions Centre.

International applicants

For the purposes of admission and enrolment at ANU, international applicants are those who are not domestic, which includes:

  • Citizens of countries other than Australia or New Zealand
  • New Zealand permanent residents
  • People who do not hold an Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa

International students applying for a graduate coursework programs should apply online.

The closing date for semester one entry is 15 November, and the semester two closing date is 15 April.

Higher degree by research

Applying for a higher degree by research is a step by step process outlined below. If required, application advice is available. Students may commence a higher degree by research at any time of the year, however there may be deadlines associated with scholarships that should be considered.

Step 1: Expression of interest

Prospective research students first need to identify a research project and find an academic supervisor.

Review the fields of research we offer and contact the academic convenor for advice about potential projects, supervisors, and the pre-application process. The ANU Researchers website is also a good place to start looking for a supervisor.

If you are not sure which area of research or supervisor matches your interest please complete an expression of interest and we will get in contact with you. Do not proceed to step two until advised to do so.

Step 2: Academic supervisor

Email your academic supervisor directly to enquire about projects and supervision. Your email should outline the reason(s) why you are attracted to their field of research, the type of research you would like to pursue and a summary of your academic qualifications and research experience. You may also submit a short research proposal however this is not mandatory at this point.

The academic supervisor may contact you to discuss your research proposal and possibly other projects; or they may forward your email to other staff in the research school / centre.

Once an academic supervisor has been confirmed to support your application you may proceed to step three.

Step 3: Scholarship

ANU, Colleges and individual research schools, offer a number of scholarships which are awarded on a merit basis. You can also talk to your academic supervisor about other sources of funding you might access to assit with living expenses and tuition fees, since fulltime research students are normally allowed to work no more than 10 hours per week.

Please note, international research scholarships are only awarded to outstanding students and are extremely competitive. Domestic students should be aware that if you are applying for mid year entry your chances of obtaining scholarship funding may be greatly diminished.

Scholarship applications are included in the program application process, step four.

Step 4: Application

Applicants should apply online. Application for admission to a higher degree by research and scholarship is combined in the single application. A one page research proposal and three academic referee reports also need to be included. Ask your referees to complete the referee report form (Word, 69.6 KB) and submit directly to ANU.

Note that the online application form does not have to be completed in one session. You can log in at any time to complete or edit your application before submitting.

If you experience difficulty when submitting your application, please contact Admissions or contact the College Enquiries Office.

Non-school leavers

If you have recently taken a gap year, studied at another university or are looking to change careers, there has never been a better time to study science at ANU.

No matter what your story is, we want to hear from you to see if any of our pathway options to study at ANU will be the right fit for you.

Undergraduate domestic transfers

We welcome applications from transferring students and want to help you make it as easy as possible. All you need to do is apply through UAC and once you’ve received an offer you can apply for credit transfer for the courses you’ve already completed.

Honours transfers

We are delighted to receive Honours applications from students who have completed a degree at another university and who want to join us at ANU. We will even assist with travel and accommodation to help you make the right decision. More information about applying is available from our Honours information pages.

Need further information? Just contact us at or phone to make an appointment to talk to an academic advisor on +61 2 6125 2809

Non-school leavers & mature age

Come and join the many people who start a degree each year at ANU without formal entry qualifications. Discover how many different ways there are to study at ANU and how we can support you make a great decision. Perhaps you’ve completed a degree and want to study something completely different. Or you finished Year 12 but never went to university.  Or you do have a qualification but it’s below our entry requirements. Whatever the reason and whatever your academic background we’re delighted you’re thinking of studying again!  

Have a look at all the pathways options available to you and if you need further information just contact us at or phone to make an appointment to talk to an academic advisory on +61 2 61215 2809 

Updated:  24 July 2016/Responsible Officer:  Science College Directors/Page Contact:  Science Web Services