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

Professor Jodie Bradby

Professor Jodie Bradby, Physics PhB Discipline Coordinator

Jodie is a professor at the Research School of Physics and Engineering where she leads a group on high pressure physics. She is the current President of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Giel Van Dooren

Giel Van Dooren, Biology PhB Discipline Coordinator

Giel is the leader of the van Dooren Group - 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

Tegan's areas of expertise are Health, clinical and counselling psychology, Social and community psychology, and Mental health.


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

All students applying to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will need to provide a completed Supplementary Form and two referee reports.

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.

Direct applications to the ANU are for school leavers only, if you are a mature age student, non-school leaver, or transferring from another university you will need to apply via UAC by the 30 November and please remember to attach your supporting documents.

Application assessment

Direct applications and UAC applications will be assessed after the 30 November deadline.

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

All students applying to the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will need to provide a completed Supplementary Form and two referee reports.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate and use option 2 to start your application.

Assessment of applications

All applications will be assessed after the deadline date.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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