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Why research at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences?

ANU is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the world for its research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Our students are part of a community of leading researchers and are inspired by intellectual curiosity and scholarly excellence.

Facilities and support services

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences offers:

  • academic staff with international research reputations, including 39 members of one, or both, of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, and three Fellows of the British Academy and four ARC Federation Fellows
  • exceptional support, including PhD supervisory panels of at least three staff
  • a dedicated office space for each HDR student
  • accommodation facilities
  • library and computing facilities
  • some opportunities for sessional work
  • generous funds for fieldwork and conference travel
  • opportunities to apply for scholarships, as well as international semesters of study at our prestigious IARU partner institutions
  • access to more than two million volumes in the ANU Library and the vast holdings of the National Library of Australia
  • access to a wealth of electronic and traditional research resources
  • a vibrant graduate community - each graduate field of study has a cohort of academics that meet regularly to induct students, provide graduate training in their specific fields, conduct staff and student seminars and master classes, and provide opportunities for collaborative work on grants and other projects
  • support for students throughout their studies through the Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Student research destinations

2012 CASS HDR student research destinations

Map graphic showing a selection of countries visited on field work and conference trips

In 2012 116 CASS HDR students went on 154 field work and conference trips in 23 different research areas to 43 countries.

2012 CASS HDR student research destinations (1.1MB PDF)

2012 CASS HDR student mobility

Region Trips Percentage
Europe 66 44%
North America 20 13%
North Asia 14 10%
South-East Asia 12 8%
New Zealand, Pacific Islands 12 8%
Sub-Continent 8 5%
South America 5 3%
Central Asia 5 3%
Middle East 4 3%
Africa 4 3%

In 2012 116 CASS HDR students went on 154 field work and conference trips in 10 regions around the world.

Pie chart, summarising a portion of the preceding tablular data

Skills and career options

Postgraduate study allows students to become experts in their field while giving them invaluable skills to take into the next stage of their life. Completing HDR study is an investment in a student's career prospects.

Some of the skills students will gain include:

  • ability for research at a highly analytical level
  • ability to show independent thought and show initiative
  • critical and creative thinking
  • problem-solving skills
  • communication and presentation skills
  • time management and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines

Examples of sectors postgraduate alumni can enter include:

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Aid work
  • Art production
  • Civil service
  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Community management
  • Corporate communications
  • Defence
  • Development
  • Diplomacy
  • Governance
  • International affairs
  • Management
  • Media
  • Policy
  • Project management
  • Social services

Updated:  23 August, 2017/Responsible Officer:  College Dean/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications