single degree

Bachelor of International Relations

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

Can you see yourself jet-setting the globe with a career in trade, foreign affairs, journalism, international business or research? You have found the right degree.

ANU is a leader in the field of International Relations.

Our program will introduce you to International Relations, initially via the broad historical and intellectual framework which has framed the modern world of states since the 17th century. It will then concentrate on the 20th century, the age of World Wars and the Cold War, before addressing contemporary issues, the age of global political economy, global culture and communication, global environmental concerns and post-Cold war political conflict, including the 'War on Terror'.

With our flexible program you can extend your chosen language subject into a major, and have the opportunity to go on exchange or an international/national internship.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of International Relations, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, and the relationships between them;
  2. Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face;
  4. Understand the principal factors that determine the foreign policies of major powers and of Australia;
  5. Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of International Relations requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

The 144 units must include:

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy
POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis
POLS3017 International Relations Theory

A minimum of 6 units from the following theory courses:

POLS2063 Contemporary Political Theory
POLS2102 The Political Philosophy of Deception
POLS3032 The Politics of Empire
POLS2119 Ideas in Politics
POLS2120 Foundations of Political Theory
POLS2136 Power and influence in world politics

A minimum of 6 units from the following methods courses:

POLS1009 Research and Writing in Political Science
POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Sciences
POLS2044 Contemporary Political Analysis
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

A minimum of 12 units from the following areas studies courses:

ASIA1035 Introduction to Asian Politics
ASIA1999 The Origins of Political Order in Asia
ASIA2109 Violence, Poverty, and Politics in India
EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era
EURO2012 Uniting Europe: history, politics, theory
INTR2010 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific
INTR2028 Regionalism, Rights and Order in Southeast Asia
MEAS1001 Introduction to the Modern Middle East
MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security
MEAS2105 The Political Economy of the Middle East
POLS2055 Pacific Politics
POLS2095 Politics in Latin America
POLS2117 The International Relations of Latin America

A minimum of 6 units from the following security courses:

ASIA2111 Indonesian Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2012 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2016 US Foreign and Security Policy in Asia
INTR2018 Japanese Foreign and Security Policy
INTR2020 (In)Stability on the Korean Peninsula
INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict
POLS3036 International Terrorism
STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies
STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific
STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons?
STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace
STST2003 Australia and Security in the Pacific Islands
STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century

A minimum of 6 units from the following global politics courses:

DEMO2003 Migration in the Modern World 
DIPL2000 Leadership and Diplomacy
HIST1209 Terror to Terrorism: A History
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989
HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945
INTR3001 Humanitarianism: Principles, Politics and Practice
PHIL2113 Global Justice
POLS2011 Development and Change
POLS2064 Global Social Movements
POLS2100 Genocide in the Modern World
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
POLS2113 Human Rights
POLS2135 Race, Ethnicity and Representation
POLS3037 Globalisation: Communications, Culture and Democracy
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development

A maximum of 12 units from the following internships and Vice Chancellors courses:

ANIP3003 Australian National Internships Program Internship A
ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B
VCUG1001 The Art of Computing
VCUG2001 Creating Knowledge
VCUG2002 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
VCUG3001 Unravelling Complexity
VCUG3002 Mobilising Research

A maximum of 24 units from courses in the following language minors

Advanced Chinese Language 
Advanced French Studies
Advanced German Studies
Advanced Hispanic Culture
Advanced Hispanic Linguistics
Advanced Italian Studies
Advanced Japanese Language
Advanced Korean Language 
Advanced Spanish Studies
Burmese Language
Chinese Language
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Hindi Language
Indonesian Language
Italian Language and Culture
Japanese Language
Japanese Linguistics
Korean Language
Mongolian Language
Tetum Language
Thai Language
Vietnamese Language


48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


For information about honours, please see Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)




Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units ANU Elective 6 units Areas Studies Course 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units Areas Studies Course 6 units ANU Elective 6 units Language Minor Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics 6 units Theory Course 6 units Methods Course 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units ANU Elective 6 units
POLS3017 International Relations Theory 6 units Global Politics Course 6 units ANIP Internship/VC courses 12 units -

Back to the Bachelor of International Relations page

This page is currently being updated. If you have any questions about your enrolment please attend a drop in session at the CASS Student Office.

Study Options

Study Plan

This page is currently being updated.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
- - - -

Study Plan

This page is currently being updated.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units - - - -
- - - -
Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions