Bachelor of Science Advanced(Honours)

Degree overview

If you are looking for that little bit extra in your degree, the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) provides the same breadth of opportunities as the Bachelor of Science, with the addition of an honours year designed to extend your understanding and introduce you to concepts that are more advanced than standard course activities.

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.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) is a four degree program ideal for students who are seeking a direct pathway into Honours.

One of the special features of this program is that it is embedded with Honours Pathway Options/Courses. This provides you with the opportunity to undertake activities designed to extend your understanding and introduce you to concepts that are more advanced than standard course activities as well provide an early introduction to research training that will better prepare you for your Honours years. For added flexibility, up to a third of your courses can be from other areas of the University, so you can tailor a program to your interests.

The first three years of this degree is coursework studies. The fourth year is a research-intensive honours year.

Student experience

Sarah Passmore

Better outcomes for LGBTQ+ health

Sarah Passmore spent her Bachelor of Science (Advanced) degree researching ways to ensure LGBTQ+ communities can access healthcare that fits their needs.  

Shoot for the stars

Tegan Clark travelled 2,500 kilometres to start university, but for someone who spends her nights staring up at the stars, that hardly seems any distance at all.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Associate Professor Andrew Berry

Associate Professor Andrew Berry, Earth Sciences first year coordinator

Andrew's research focuses on the geochemistry behind the mobility, transport and re-distribution of elements during high-temperature processes. His areas of expertise include Structural chemistry and spectroscopy, Inorganic geochemistry, planetary science, igneous and metamorphic petrology, mineralogy and crystallography, and geochemistry.

Professor Stephen Roberts

Professor Stephen Roberts, Mathematics first year coordinator

Stephen's research area is the application of efficient and robust numerical methods for the solution of partial differential equations. He develops efficient and robust numerical methods for the modelling of tsunami and flood events. 

Professor Michael Platow

Professor Michael Platow, Psychology first year coordinator

Professor Platow specialises in social and community psychology. He has been recognised for his teaching excellence at ANU with multiple teaching awards.


Jobs are available in administrative, ecological and technological arenas, but as high quality scientists are in demand, many graduates proceed to further studies (such as at the Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral level) in order to retain a competitive edge in their chosen field. Some graduates undertake specific graduate-level training in areas such as teaching, librarianship or communications to further equip themselves with particular and marketable skills.

Employers are increasingly looking for graduates not only with excellent academic results, but also with good communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.

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.

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

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

Featured scholarships: Featured scholarships

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

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How to apply

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Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

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

Gather supporting documents

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Submit your application

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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 conditional 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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