- Length 3 years full-time
- Minimum 144 Units
- Which applies to me?
- Academic plan BIR
- CRICOS code 073992F
- UAC code
Mode of delivery
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.
At the completion of the degree graduates are expected to:
- Identify the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, and the relationships between them;
- Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face;
- Understand the principal factors that determine the foreign policies of major powers and of Australia;
- Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.
Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or equivalent as outlined below:
• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate; 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
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.
Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.
The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.
- QLD Band:
- International Baccalaureate:
Domestic applicant entry requirements
From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See http://www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/atar/ for further information.
Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI 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.
The National Access Scheme 2014
ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.
Bonus points are applied to all 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.
Bonus points to do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.
Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.
How to apply
Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.
Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/eas for more information.
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:
48 units from completion of the International Relations major:
24 units from completion of one of the following international relations specialisations:
Globalisation in International Relations
International Relations Theory
24 units from completion of one of the following minors:
Advanced French Studies
Advanced German Studies
Advanced Spanish Studies
French Language and Culture
German Language and Culture
Italian Language and Culture
Latin American Studies
Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
Moral and Political Philosophy
Philosophy and Science
Spanish Language and Culture
24 units from completion of an exchange or internship program
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
|Year 1 48 units||POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6 units||Minor 1000 Level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
|POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6 units||Minor 1000 Level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
|International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Minor 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
|Year 3 48 units||International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
|International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||International Relations Specialisation 2000/3000 level Course 6 units||Elective Course 6 units|
For information about honours, please see the School of Politics and International Relations Honours website.
- Annual indicative fee for international students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential.
Eligibility 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.
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