Bachelor of Arts

3 years full time (part-time study options available)
Honours available
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 & 2 entry
VTAC code: 3800538001
International VTAC code: 3800538003
Course CRICOS code: 002167E

Kickstart your inspiring and flexible career with our Bachelor of Arts – one of Australia’s most popular degrees.

Our innovative and flexible curriculum lets you tailor your degree to match your interests and career goals.

Choose your areas of specialisation from more than 30 study areas, including languages, history, psychology, economics, and media and communications.

Diverse opportunities
Access diverse career opportunities by gaining vital skills that are transferable across industries and professions, including communication, teamwork and research.

Aim higher
By enrolling in one of Australia’s most popular degrees, you will be surrounded by other high-achieving students from around the world, which will help you take on new challenges and push yourself to a higher level.

Global citizenship
Develop an international perspective through cultural and language study, and enjoy opportunities to study overseas.

Key features

  • Ranked #1 in Australia and #21 in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • More than 30 areas of specialisation available, including languages, psychology, economics and media and communications
  • Teaching and research excellence from internationally renowned researchers and leading practitioners in their fields
  • Most popular degree in Victoria (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre 2015).

Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

As a Bachelor of Arts student, you can choose one or two Arts disciplines to be the main focus of your study while completing your degree. You have the option of completing one major, one major and one minor, or two majors.

The following disciplines are available as minors in the Bachelor of Arts:

  • Chinese Studies
  • Development Studies
  • English Language Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Knowledge and Learning
  • Law and Justice
  • Social Theory

The following disciplines are available as majors or minors in the Bachelor of Arts:

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Learn more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2018
85.00 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne 2018
80.00 Guaranteed entry

Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i

Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.

Find out more about Access Melbourne

Minimum ATAR 2018
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL. Applicants intending to major in Economics must have at least 25 in Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more

Pathway options

Once you've graduated from this degree, you can choose to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas of the arts or humanities:

Alternatively, you can gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas:

Concurrent diplomas (study alongside your undergraduate degree)

You can choose to study one of the following concurrent diplomas alongside this undergraduate degree at Melbourne: