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Liberal Studies Diploma, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 10 months
University rank #29 (QS) Canberra, Australia
The Liberal Studies Diploma is designed for students who are interested in studying a Bachelor of Arts at Australian National University. The diploma will provide a strong foundation to progress into the 2nd year of a Bachelor of Arts.

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Upon successful completion of the Liberal Studies Diploma from Australian National University with no more than one fail or incomplete grade with a GPA of at least 5.0, students will be eligible to enter the second year of the Bachelor of Arts.

If students do not achieve the required results they will need to begin at Year One and may apply for credit for courses undertaken in their Diploma.

All ANU diplomas are recognised Australian tertiary qualifications and are therefore nationally and internationally recognised and are valid to use to apply for entry to other institutions.

The Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts is the most diverse, most flxible, and most popular degree at ANU.

An Arts degree will provide students with core skills in critical analysis and in written and oral communication, while developing adaptability and ability to help shape change and prepare you for a multifaceted career or further study.

The transition from the Diploma to the Bachelor will allow students to complete their Bachelor of Arts after only two additional years of study for the following majors:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

If the students preferred program is not a listed degree, or major within that degree, then there is no guarantee of entry although they are still eligible to apply competitively for entry and for credit for courses undertaken within the diploma.

Assessment methods

Quizzes, tests, exams, assignments, group work, presentations

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts
  • Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • Terror to Terrorism: A History
  • Close Encounters: How to Read Literature
  • Digital Culture: Being Human in the Information Age

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 10 months
    • Duration description

      46 weeks

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS Course Code: 085933G

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42000 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 10 months.
  • National

    42000 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42000 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 10 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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