Australian Catholic University
2 campuses
58 courses

About

At ACU we pride ourselves on offering a welcoming environment for everyone – irrespective of their socio-cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs or aspirations. At the same time, we are a university committed to standing for something clear. We are the university for people who look beneath the surface, and are stronger than external expectations and superficial measures of success. We stand up for people in need and causes that matter.

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia ­– in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy.

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. When they graduate, our students are ready to work.

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

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Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Global Studies

This double degree provides you with opportunities to engage with the major social, political, cultural, environmental and economic issues of our times. You will learn about different societies and cultures and consider the challenges and opportunities associated with significant global disruption. While deepening your knowledge about the world, you will also develop vital research skills and the ability to communicate complex information with sophistication and purpose. This double degree is designed produce ‘world-ready’ graduates who understand, and can respond effectively to, changing times. You will have a choice of over 20 areas of study on topics such environmental sustainability, global health, international development, and world politics and justice. With access to ACU’s Rome Campus and other overseas study options, including international internships, you will have access to a world of possibilities as you turn your major interests into rewarding careers.

4 years

ATAR 53.3

SelectionRank 58.75

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Arts

This course provides you with opportunities to study a range of exciting and rewarding areas in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. You will learn about different societies and cultures and explore some of the key issues and ideas that have shaped the modern world. While enriching your mind you will develop advanced knowledge, vital research skills and the ability to communicate complex information with sophistication and purpose. Arts at ACU is designed to produce ‘world-ready’ graduates who understand, and can respond to, the challenges of our times – confidently, ethically and with skill and passion. The degree offers more than 20 areas of study, including history, politics, international relations, and literature, as well as media, music and drama. With access to a number of international study options on ACU’s Rome Campus and in cities such as New York and Venice, you will have access to a world of possibilities as you turn your major interests into rewarding careers.

3 years

ATAR 48.85

SelectionRank 58.75

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)

This course is designed for those intending to become teachers in secondary schools. Graduates may pursue a career in Catholic or other faith-based schools, government or independent secondary schools. This double degree program is undertaken in 4 years full-time (or equivalent part-time), and includes teaching practice in schools, a major sequence and a minor sequence to qualify to teach in two discipline areas within secondary schools. A wide range of choices are available, such as English/Literature, History, Geography, Humanities, Studies of Religion, Religious Education, Psychology, Healthy Development, Business/Commerce, Mathematics, Music or Drama. ACU offers subjects at our Rome campus or students may elect to take a subject at one of our 85 educational partners around the world. An Education Studies sequence covers the key areas in learning and educational theory, as well as curriculum and teaching units in the selected specialist areas.

4 years

ATAR 61.5

SelectionRank 70.6

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration

This dual degree combines the specialised knowledge of the Bachelor of Commerce with the flexibility of the Bachelor of Business Administration - ideal for the business leader of the future. The course teaches specialist knowledge in at least one business discipline, with opportunities for wider study in business-related fields. Students gain an understanding of organisational behaviour and an appreciation of the ethics and probity in commercial and interpersonal transactions. The course comprises thirty-two semester-length units. In addition to eight specified units, one eight unit Commerce Major is chosen and electives in many other disciplines are available as part of the business administration component of the course.

4 years

ATAR 56.2

SelectionRank 59.5

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Laws

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws examines a broader context, including the increasing ethical and health dimensions, in which legal issues arise. This double degree gives you the legal knowledge and skills needed for modern law practice and the knowledge of biomedical science allowing legal knowledge to be applied to health related issues such as health and disease, epidemiology, healthcare ethics and health research. Completing a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Biomedical Science is excellent preparation for pursuing a career in areas such as biomedicine, its regulation and governance, health research, commercial health ventures and the not-for-profit sector.

5 years

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Creative Arts

The Bachelor of Creative Arts prepares students to fill key creative roles in industries such as the performing arts, communication, music, film and multi-media, drama, visual arts and related fields of education. Students complete major studies in tow of: drama, literature, media, music, or the visual arts and can access minor studies in communication and graphic design. Students are encouraged to actively engage with the community through the creative arts so that they enter the workforce with documented experience and evidence of their creative capabilities and achievements. In addition, in the third year of the degree students undertake a major creative project designed to help them transition into the creative sector workforce.

3 years

ATAR 56.1

SelectionRank 60.4

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Global Studies

The Bachelor of Global Studies is designed to provide high-achieving students with an informed international perspective that will be valued in the global workplace. Students enrolling in a Global Studies double degree will have the opportunity to learn about the social, political, cultural, environmental and economic changes that are shaping the world and combine this knowledge with a semester of study at one of 85 partner institutions around the world. As an alternative to studying abroad, selected students may have the opportunity to do an approved internship which would provide international work experience. Students will also study Business Administration which is designed to provide knowledge in many areas of business management including accounting; commercial law; finance; marketing; human resource management; business information systems, international business, management.

4 years

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Business Administration/Bachelor of Laws

This double degree provides the legal knowledge and practical skills to handle the demands of 21st Century legal practice and a broad understanding of modern business. Double qualifications in business and law are recognised as attractive graduate attributes by law firms and organisations. Your studies will focus on developing practical commercial legal knowledge and an awareness of the international dimensions of law, while promoting critical thinking, ethical decision-making and social justice principles. The degree aims to develop ethical and professionally skilled graduates with a breadth of knowledge in areas relevant to legal practice and an appreciation of the law's interaction with other disciplines, including international dimensions. The core content is built around themes of commercial legal practice, international and human rights law and ethical practice, with a commitment to social justice and engagement with the community through a pro bono practical placement.

5 years

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies

This double degree focuses on the role of public health entrepreneurship, the importance of national and multi-national communication, the scientific basis of public health through the study of relevant case-based issues and practical problems. The Bachelor of Applied Public Health core content delivers a background in factors that determine health at the community and population level, and how these can be shaped to effect improvements in health. The Bachelor of Global Studies core content investigates the social, political, cultural, legal, environmental and economic influences and changes shaping our world. Students will undertake international study, exchange or an internship in the third year of the course. Graduates may work in national and international health agencies; state and federal government health departments; and non-government aid and advocacy organisations.

4 years

ATAR 48.75

SelectionRank 58.95

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Applied Public Health

The Bachelor of Applied Public Health addresses the science and complexities of preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing by improving systems and services. Public health includes environmental, economic, technical, educational, legislative and other approaches to reducing the burden of disease and improving health and quality of life. Graduates may work in national and international health agencies, state and federal government health departments, non-government aid and advocacy organisations as health advocates, health educators or policy advisors. Work can involve a diverse range of programs including physical activity promotion, drugs and alcohol, refugee support, or food and nutrition.

3 years

ATAR 50.9

SelectionRank 61.05

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws

This course provides legal knowledge and practical skills to handle the demands of 21st Century legal practice as well as offering an insight into the frameworks, institutions and rule-making processes of everyday commercial activity. Double degrees in commerce and law are recognised as attractive graduate attributes by law firms and organisations in both public and private sectors. The degree aims to develop ethical and professionally skilled graduates with a broad knowledge in areas relevant to legal practice and an appreciation of the law's interaction with other disciplines as well as its international dimensions. The core content themes include commercial legal practice, international and human rights law, ethical practice and social justice, and engagement with the community through a pro bono practical placement program. Completion of the Accounting major will also assist in meeting the academic requirements for entry into professional associations in Australia and New Zealand.

5 years

ATAR 66.7

SelectionRank 75.25

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne


Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Global Studies

The Bachelor of Global Studies is designed to provide high-achieving students with an informed international perspective that will be valued in the global workplace. Students enrolling in a Global Studies double degree will have the opportunity to learn about the social, political, cultural, environmental and economic changes that are shaping the world and combine this knowledge with a period of study at one of 85 partner institutions around the world. As an alternative to studying abroad, selected students may have the opportunity to do an approved internship which would provide international work experience. Within the Bachelor of Commerce students will also gain essential management skills by studying core business competencies; leadership and the ethics of values-based management and have the opportunity to focus on a major area of commerce. Students must accumulate voluntary experience and may choose to do professional work experience through the Commerce program.

4 years

BACHELOR DEGREE

Campus:

Melbourne