- Length 3 years full-time
- Minimum 144 Units
- Which applies to me?
- Academic plan BIR
- CRICOS code 073992F
- UAC code
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.
Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of International Relations, graduates will be able 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 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.
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
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.
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 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 http://www.uac.edu.au/eas/ for more information.
- 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.
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 Intro to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts
POLS1006 Intro to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy
POLS2133 International Organizations in World Politics
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making
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
A minimum of 6 units from the following methods courses:
POLS2125 Game Theory and Social Science
POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis
POLS3028 Researching and Writing Human Rights
SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
SOCY2043 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
A minimum of 12 units from the following areas studies courses:
ASIA2109 Politics of South Asia
EURO1004 Europe in the Modern Era
EURO2003 European Union: Policies, Institutions and Challenges
INTR2010 International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
INTR2028 Southeast Asia: ASEAN and Regional Order
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
POLS1007 An Introduction to Latin American Studies
POLS2095 Politics in Latin America
POLS2117 The International Relations of Latin America
A minimum of 6 units from the following security courses:
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
POLS2099 Cartographies of Security: Critical Security Studies and International Politics
POLS2123 Peace and Conflict Studies
POLS2124 Politics of Nuclear Weapons
POLS2131 Security Communities: From War to Peace
POLS3033 Environment, Human Security and Conflict
POLS3036 International Terrorism
STST1001 Introduction to International Security Studies
STST2001 International Security Issues in the Asia Pacific
STST3001 Transnational Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific
STST2003 Security in the South Pacific: Is it Australia's "Arc of Instability"?
STST3002 Australia's Security in the Asian Century
A minimum of 6 units from the following global politics courses:
HIST2136 World at War, 1939-1945
HIST2141 The Cold War: 1945-1989
HIST2240 Democracy and Dissent: Europe Since 1945
PHIL2113 Global Justice
POLS2011 Development and Change
POLS2064 Global Social Movements
POLS2096 Genocide Studies
POLS2100 Genocide Post-1945
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
POLS2113 Human Rights
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development
A maximum of 12 units from the following internships and Vice Chancellors courses:
ANIP3003 Australian National 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
48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
For information about honours, please see Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)
|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: Understanding Global and Australian Foreign Policy Decision-Making 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||-|