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Bachelor of International Security Studies

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

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  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S

Do you see yourself shaping Australia's foreign policy decisions? Or working with elite international organisations like the United Nations or our top spy agencies? The Bachelor of International Security Studies can help you make your dream career a reality.

When you study the Bachelor of International Security Studies you will delve deeply into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world – including the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security to name just a few. Read more about this degree on our website.

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.

Employment Opportunities

From instability in the Middle East, to the rising occurrences of computer hacking or global warming and its impact on human populations, there’s a whole range of global security challenges which face business, government and international organisations today. As a result, employers across industry have begun to seek out graduates who have the confidence to provide advice on these issues and how to minimise their impacts.

The Bachelor of International Security Studies gives you the practical skills and knowledge that will set you apart as a leader in this field and graduates from this degree can expect to find themselves working in a range of fields including business analysts, defence policy, foreign affairs, intelligence agencies, journalism and media. Recent graduates of security studies are currently working with organisations like the Attorney Generals Department, United Nations, Telstra, Boeing, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. More information can be found here.

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.

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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.

ATAR:
90
QLD Band:
6
International Baccalaureate:
33

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: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

Scholarships

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 Security Studies requires completion of 144 units, of which:

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

The 144 units must consist of:

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POLS2132 Current Issues in International Security

STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies

STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security

STST2001 International Security issues in the Asia Pacific

STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century

 

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ASIA2053 Civil Wars and Civil Peace

ASIA2060 Southeast Asian Security

ASIA2093 Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA2110 Asia Pacific Affairs Internship

HIST2141 The Cold War, 1945-1989

INTR2012 China's New Approaches to Asia Pacific Security

INTR2014 Indian Foreign and Security Policy

INTR2016 US Security Policy in Asia

INTR2018 Japan's Security Dilemmas

INTR2020 Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula

INTR2024 Nuclear Politics in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

MEAS2001 New States of Eurasia: Emerging Issues in Politics and Security

STST2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons

STST2131 Security Communities from War to Peace

POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict

POLS3036 International Terrorism

STST1002 Tides of Conflict in the Asia-Pacific

STST2003 Security in the South Pacific: Is it Australia’s “Arc of Instability”

STST2004 Special Topic in International Security

STST3003 Honeypots and Overcoats: Australian Intelligence in the World

STST3004 Advanced Study in Asia-Pacific Security

 

24 units from completion of one of the following minors:

Arabic

Asia-Pacific Security

Burmese Language

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Historical International Security

Indonesian Language

International Relations

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Mongolian Language

Peace and Conflict Studies

Persian

Russian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Tetum Language

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

72 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Minors

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 International Security Major Minor Elective Elective
International Security Major Minor Elective Elective
Year 2 48 units International Security Major Minor International Security Major Elective
International Security Major Minor Elective Elective
Year 3 48 units International Security Major International Security Major Elective Elective
International Security Major Elective Elective Elective

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When you study the Bachelor of International Security Studies  you will delve deeply into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world - including the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security to name just a few. Read more about this degree on our website.

Single degree

This degree requires the completion of 144 units:

·  A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses is allowed

·  48 units must come from completion of the International Security major

·  24 units from completion of a minor approved by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

·  72 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Double degree

This degree requires the completion of 96 units:

·  A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses is allowed

·  48 units must come from completion of the International Security major

·  24 units from completion of a minor approved by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

·  24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of International Security Studies single degree program you will study a total of 144 units.  Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree. Once you have fulfilled the requirements of the International Security Studies major and a minor, you can try a range of courses or take a second major or minor in a subject area of your choice.

Double degree
You will need to complete a minimum of 96 units towards the Bachelor of International Security Studies degree but will also get to choose 4 courses (24 units) from other ANU Colleges.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

Remember you will need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until the end of week 2 of each semester without penalty.  Other things to be aware of:

  • A course can only be counted towards one major or minor.

  • You can’t study more than 4 courses (24 units) per semester.

  • You may need to enrol in courses for your major and/or your minor, particularly if you are completing a double degree.

  • If you are intending to enrol in language courses and have previous experience with the language you wish to study, you need to sit a placement test to ensure you are enrolled at the most appropriate level of language study.  Further information is available here

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ASIA1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

Students in this degree must complete the International Security Major, and a minor from the following list:

 Arabic

 Asia-Pacific Security

 Chinese Language

 French Language and Culture

 German Language and Culture

 Hindi Language

 Historical International Security

 Indonesian Language

 International Relations

 Italian Language and Culture

 Japanese Language

 Korean Language

 Peace and Conflict Studies

 Persian

 Russian

 Sanskrit Language

 Spanish

 Thai Language

 Urdu Language

 Vietnamese Language

You can choose to turn your minor into a major. Once you've selected courses for a major, a minor or a second major or minor, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

Electives

You can use your electives to enrol in any courses that you like, provided you meet prerequisite requirements. Students who choose to do a second major will need to take the additional 24 units for their major from their electives.

To find 1000-level courses, search Programs and Courses. Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College at the University if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of International Security Studies program.


Study Options

Study Options

Year 1 48 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units 1000 level Language Course 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units
STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security 6 units 1000 level Language Course 6 units Elective 6 units Elective 6 units

Study Options

Year 1 48 units STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies 6 units 1000 level Language course 6 units 1000 level course from other degree 6 units 1000 level course from other degree 6 units
STST1003 Coping with Crisis: The Practice of International Security 6 units 1000 level Language course 6 units 1000 level course from other degree 6 units 1000 level course from other degree 6 units
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