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Why study with us?

  • #22 in the world

    Ranked 22nd in the world for arts and humanities in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • #1 in Australia

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

Expand your horizons and learn to think outside the box. Exclusive to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars) program is an opportunity to challenge yourself alongside your most promising and talented peers.

This degree gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, add further breadth to your University qualification by studying subjects from a range of disciplines, and apply your skills and disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems.

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

Our majors include:

American Studies Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate)
Ancient Greek Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced)
Ancient History History
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Advanced)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew  Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Criminology Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Introductory)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Advanced)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Music
European Studies Philosophy
Film Studies Political Economy
Financial Economics Politics
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Socio-Legal Studies
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Sociology
Chinese studies (Advanced) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Gender Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Studies in Religion
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Theatre and Performance Studies 
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Visual Arts

Subject areas

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

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

For applicants whose first language is not English, English language requirements must be met through sufficient qualifications taught in English or accepted English language tests. For more information visit the University's University's English language requirements .

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

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: sydney.edu.au/dalyell-scholars

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 that are chosen.

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, the following minimum ATARs are required:

  • minimum ATAR of 95 for Broadway, E12 and Future Leaders applicants
  • minimum ATAR of 90 for Cadigal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) applicants

For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

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

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • 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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