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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) – Humanities and Social Sciences


High-level independent research and analysis skills, including overseas research experience, distinguish graduates from the prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences). Fast-track your career in research, corporate, or policy leadership with this structured interdisciplinary degree program.

Program overview

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences), or PhB (HaSS), strikes a fine balance between structure and flexibility. Innovation and entrepreneurship are built into the program. Imaginative and creative research topics and applications are encouraged and supported.
PhB (HaSS) students enjoy privileged access to the full range of courses and academic expertise, as well as one-on-one mentorship by disciplinary and area specialists across all the humanities and social sciences colleges of the University. In consultation with their chosen academic mentors, students design a tailored undergraduate program to explore their interdisciplinary interests, hone the specific and transferable skills that are crucial to success in the modern world, and launch them into the next stage of their career. 

Career opportunities

The PhB is ideal for a career in research, but also gives you employable skills in independent research, oral and written communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. Our graduates are global entrepreneurs and leaders in their fields, including: 
Research and Academia
Business Innovation
International Development 
Diplomatic/Foreign Affairs
Think Tanks and Policy Institutes

Study experience

The PhB (HaSS) is an unique research-focused undergraduate degree designed for intellectually curious students who want to explore their interests beyond the classroom. 
The interdisciplinary program of the PhB (HaSS) gives you access to a wide range of subject areas including history, international relations, gender, culture, strategic studies, literature, politics, linguistics, anthropology, law and regulation, archaeology and economics. The program features opportunities to undertake internships and fieldwork, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, leading into and capping off with a year-long independent research project.
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Want to know more?

Email PhB (HaSS) convenor Dr Tom Cliff at tom.cliff@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk, or enquire now to hear more from ANU.


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