Bachelor of Philosophy(Honours)


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.

Learning experience

My marathon exchange

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

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Meet your teachers

Dr Ulrike Mathesius

Ulrike Mathesius

Ulrike is a Professor in the Division of Plant Science. She carried out her PhD at the Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU between 1996-1999, which focused on the symbiosis between rhizobia and legumes. After her post doctoral research plant proteomicsm in 2002 she moved to the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Post Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Ulrike then held an ARC Research Fellowship (2005-2010) and an ARC Future Fellow (2011-2015) working on the developmental regulation of nodulation, parasitic gall development and lateral root formation in legumes.


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.

Research topics

We have a wide range of potential research topics. They range from short-term PhB projects to year-long honours and graduate projects to three-year PhD projects.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

In addition to meeting academic requirements, we have introduced a compulsory co-curricular or service requirement.

Make sure you have met the co-curricular or service requirement and provide the appropriate documentation.

Gather supporting documents

When you apply to ANU, it's important to attach any requested supporting documentation, otherwise your application could be delayed.

Submit your application

Tick your application off your list so it's one less thing you need to think about.There are different ways to apply to ANU, the best way for you to apply depends on your circumstances.

Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer.  A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your condiional offer, you will receive a final offer.  Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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