Vertical double degrees

From the start of 2013 ANU students will be offered a first-of-its-kind degree, combining undergraduate and graduate study, across a range of disciplines, in one simple application.

The new degrees mean you can complete a bachelor and masters degree in reduced time, complete several masters courses in a bachelor degree, and graduate from two degrees that will set you up for life.

Forty per cent of ANU students already take ‘traditional’ double degrees, adding depth and breadth to their studies. Now you will be able to combine a bachelor degree with a masters degree, contributing to a higher qualification within the package from day one. The masters adds ‘height’ to the double degree.

The option to do this, across a range of disciplines, is not available at any other Australian university.

You will have the opportunity to start some masters courses in the final year of your bachelor degree, shaving six months off the total completion time.

At the end of the ‘ANU vertical double’, you will be able to enter professions that require graduate study, or potentially begin a PhD if that is your chosen path. These double degrees can provide you with a strong competitive edge; graduates of these programs can expect to find themselves employed by all levels of government, international organisations, non-government organisations, the media or multinational business. Within these institutions, graduates may find work in publishing, policy, education, international development, politics, media, information technology, journalism, aid, advertising and many other fields.

The current ANU vertical doubles are:

Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs

The Bachelor of Arts is the most popular degree at ANU and also one of the most flexible, allowing students to choose from over 90 study areas. The Master of International Affairs is one of Australia’s most highly respected graduate degrees in the field, where students develop the key skills required to deal with the rapidly changing dynamics of contemporary international relations, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.

Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies/Master of Globalisation

The Bachelor of Asia Pacific Studies is a flagship program within Australia combining a regional language major, a contextual major and an elective component. The Master of Globalisation is the only degree of its type in Australia and offers students a cutting-edge understanding of key global issues. It draws on expertise from across the University and may offer students an internship opportunity through the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP).

Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics/Juris Doctor

The Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics is a program for highly talented students.  As a graduate of this degree you will be recognised for exceptional critical and conceptual thinking and problem solving skills, developed through integrative seminars, which are a feature of the program.  The degree has a strong international component linking with international relations and development studies and you may have the opportunity to engage with other leading international universities through internships.  The Juris Doctor is a distinctive law degree for graduates of non-law disciplines. This Program gives you the academic qualifications for admission to practice law in Australia.  You will be able to choose from a wide range of law electives, with opportunities to focus on research.


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