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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)

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  • With our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ranked 17th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, you will learn from leading experts across more than 45 areas of study.

  • Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.


Exclusive to students enrolled in the prestigious Dalyell Scholars stream in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, the Languages program will allow you to focus your studies on language acquisition and experiences.

Through the Languages program you will broaden your understanding of languages and culture, opening up a diverse range of global career opportunities. A standout feature of the program is the subsidised exchange component that enables you to spend one or two semesters studying at a university in the country of your primary language.

Distinctive Dalyell units and a suite of enrichment opportunities will complement your studies. You will also complete a second major and in your final year will undertake advanced coursework and a substantial project.

Visit the Dalyell Scholars program page for more information about the program.

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as standalone minors in Australian Literature, Celtic Studies, Criminology, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

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What you'll study

Exclusive to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+, the Dalyell Scholars program is an opportunity to challenge yourself alongside your most promising and talented peers.

The program enables you to draw on the rich interdisciplinary depth and breadth on offer at the University, cultivating the leadership and professional expertise to join the ranks of our most distinguished alumni.

The Dalyell Scholars program allows you to collaborate and network with like‑minded world influencers.

In addition to completing distinctive Dalyell units of study with other high achievers, you will have access to enrichment opportunities, including:

  • exclusive research and entrepreneurship programs
  • direct access to industry‑based project learning
  • tailored mentoring and professional skills development to enhance your study and career opportunities
  • international experiences to develop your global perspective
  • acceleration to master’s level study

For a full list of Dalyell courses and more information, visit:

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Ancient History major Celtic Studies elective Asian Studies elective English major
  2 Ancient History major Celtic Studies elective Dalyell Scholars English major
2 1 Ancient History major Open Learning Environment units Dalyell Scholars English major
  2 Ancient History major
Ancient History major Open Learning Environment units English major
3 1 Ancient History major Ancient History major Language elective  English major
  2 Ancient History major Anthropology elective Linguistics elective English major
4 1 Language elective Advanced Coursework Advanced Coursework project English major
  2 Language elective Advanced Coursework Advanced Coursework project English major

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors, minors and electives.

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission as a Dalyell scholar is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) with an ATAR  of 98 or equivalent, or the first year of full time study in a bachelor's degree with an average mark of 80 or equivalent.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors. To be considered for admission as a Dalyell scholar via an admission pathway, as a guide for eligibility, the following minimum ATARs are required: ATAR of 95 for Broadway, E12 and Future Leaders; an ATAR of 90 for Cadigal - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies allow you to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables you to enhance your skills in a language other than English and your knowledge of other societies and cultures. The Advanced Studies portion of the combined degree allows you to take up an internship opportunity.

High-achieving students will have the opportunity to take part in research and entrepreneurship programs, and they will have direct access to industry-based project learning and placements.

Career Pathways

Examples depend on majors and include:

  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • archivist
  • art historian
  • business administrator or manager
  • editor or publisher
  • foreign affairs and trade officer
  • government policy officer
  • historian
  • heritage specialist
  • information specialist
  • journalist
  • language specialist
  • media and communications officer
  • museum or gallery curator
  • researcher
  • sociologist.
Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the languages, or in their area of study, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Enrolment in to the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell) will give students access to accelerated master's level study. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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