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Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324671

CRICOS 075802A

This degree provides a challenging avenue of study for high-achieving students to develop advanced research skills in preparation for higher degree studies and leadership in their chosen career. Students focus on developing specialised and advanced knowledge in two disciplines with the flexibility to pursue other areas of interest as electives.

Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) students have the advantage of an individual academic mentor throughout their degree, providing a uniquely tailored learning and development experience. From first year, BA (Advanced) students undertake level II courses, and at level III, specific courses that provide a thorough grounding, and distinct advantage, for future study, or a career involving research. With the addition of exclusive events, such as workshops, seminars, industry talks and guest presentations, students are supported not just to reach their potential, but to thrive in their studies.

Note: Students must maintain a GPA of 5.0 or they will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts.

The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) provides students with specialised and advanced knowledge in two of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Creative Writing, English, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography Environment and Population, German Studies, History, International Development, Japanese Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, or Spanish Studies.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324671
    2016 CSP ATAR 95.1
    Adelaide Approved Score 95
    2016 CSP IB 35
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324671

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 95
    IB 34
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 075802A
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 95
    IB 34
    A-Level 13
    UEC [Malaysia] 5
    SAT [US] 1520
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] [1] 95%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 90
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    Bradford Foundation Program 88
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,400

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $29,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Likely careers include research, Government, consultancy and policy maker.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career.

    Potential careers

    Linguist, Anthropologist, Author, Parliamentary Adviser, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Consultant, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Politician, Public Servant, Researcher, Feature Writer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Academic, Journalist, Analyst, Lecturer, Management Consultant, Archaeologist, Arts Administrator, Ministerial Adviser, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exhanges are available for Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) students:

    • University of Edinburgh (UK) (limited availability)
    • University of Glasgow (UK) (limited availability)
    • Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    • Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Degree Structure

    BA (Advanced) students are appointed an academic mentor for the duration of their degree and are able to focus on advanced level study from the first year of study. Students will study two majors, undertake a 3-unit course in advanced humanities theory and method, and complete a 6-unit research project in their final year under the supervision of their academic mentor.

    The remainder of the degree is made up of free choice electives from disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Students studying this program will attend various discipline research seminars, career and industry talks.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors currently available include:

    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Creative Writing
    • English
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • International Development
    • Japanese Studies
    • History
    • Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Spanish Studies

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Level 1S1 Arts Major 1 Level I ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    Open Elective Level II Arts Major 2 Level I
    S2 Arts Major 1 Level I Open Elective Level II Open Elective Level II Arts Major 2 Level I
    Level 2S1 Arts Major 1 Level II Open Elective Level II Open Elective Level II Arts Major 2 Level II
    S2 Arts Major 1 Level II Arts Major 1 Level III Open Elective Level II Arts Major 2 Level II
    Level 3S1 Arts Major 1 Level III ARTS 3003
    Advanced Humanities: Theory and Method
    Arts Major 2 Level III Arts Major 2 Level III
    S2 Arts Major I Level III Capstone course - 6 units ARTS 3002
    Arts Advanced Research Project - 6 units*
    Note: ARTS 3003 and ARTS 3002 should be taken in your final year of study.
    *Up to 6 units from ARTS 3002 may be counted towards the major/s. In this case, additional elective courses will be required to achieve the minimum 72 units required for completion.


    Essays, seminar or tutorial participation, exams, internship research project option, 6-unit research project in final year.

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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Mar 2017


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