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Bachelor of International Relations

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

BIR
  • Length 3 years full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal

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

Learning Outcomes

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;
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  • Have a thorough understanding of the historical development of the global system;
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face;
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  • Understand the principal factors that determine the foreign policies of major powers and of Australia;
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  • Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of International Relations.
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Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. If you hold more than one qualification, admission will be based on your overall record. Tertiary qualifications are generally weighted more heavily than secondary. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or alternative entry scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study.

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.

ATAR:
89
QLD Band:
7
International Baccalaureate:
33

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.

Bonus Points

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.

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:

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

International Security

 

Either:

24 units from completion of one of the following minors:

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian

Advanced Spanish Studies

Analytical Philosophy

Arabic

Chinese Language

Classical Chinese

Contemporary Europe

Continental Philosophy

Corporate Sustainability

Environmental Policy

European History

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

History

Indonesian Language

International Communication

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Latin American Studies

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Moral and Political Philosophy

Philosophy and Science

Political Science

Russian

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish Language and Culture

Thai Language

Turkish

Urdu Language

Vietnamese Language

Or:

24 units from completion of an exchange or internship program

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Elective Study

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

Study Options

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

Honours

For information about honours, please see the School of Politics and International Relations Honours website.

 

 

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$25,984.00

Scholarships

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.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

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