vertical double degree

Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs

A vertical double four year degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and Sch of International Political & Strategic Studies

BA/MIA
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Other Society and Culture
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
Admission requirements
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Other Society and Culture

Want to experience the versatility of a Bachelor of Arts, but graduate with a professional Masters degree too? Set yourself up for life with the vertical double degree of Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs.

Choose among the humanities, visual arts, languages, archaeology and anthropology, music, and the social sciences to explore all of the subjects you love – and perhaps discover more you never knew existed.

Then tackle master’s level subjects in international relations theory, international politics and global security to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to succeed in an increasingly complex globalised world.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs find employment in government, international organisations, NGOs, media groups and businesses.

You will also be equipped with transferable world-class skills in critical analysis, research and communication valued by employers across all fields. 

Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts

Upon successful completion of this program, students will have developed specific subject knowledge and a range of transferable skills.

Subject knowledge

Students should be able to:

  • Outline theories, factual content and research procedures in their major and other fields of study;
  • Identify relevant literature, and national and international issues related to their major or other fields of study;
  • Analyse and critically evaluate ideas and solve problems;
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge was developed; and
  • Construct relationships and connections between different fields of study.

Transferable skills

Within their fields of study students will have developed:

  • Communication and presentation skills (oral, written, electronic, graphic);
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills (including an understanding of cultural diversity);
  • Management and planning skills (including self-management skills); and
  • Intellectual and creative skills.

Master of International Affairs

Graduates from this program will be expected to have a demonstrated:

  • Knowledge of the dynamics of contemporary international relations, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Knowledge of the key theories for the analysis of contemporary international relations;
  • Ability to use international relations theory to reflect upon contemporary problems in areas such as international security, global governance, international political economy or human rights;
  • High-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in international relations;
  • Capacity to utilise their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms;
  • Ability to communicate their findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods in appropriate.

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.

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.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
29

Prerequisites

Progression requirements

A 65% mark average for the first 96 completed units, with no single failing grade, is required to be able to progress to 6000, 7000 and 8000 level courses in the Bachelor of Arts.

A 65% mark average for the 144 completed units from the Bachelor of Arts, with no failing grade, is required to progress to the Master of International Affairs.

Adjustment Factors

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 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.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-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.

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts vertical double degree component requires the 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 one of the following Arts majors:

Ancient Greek

Ancient History

Anthropology

Arabic

Archaeology

Biological Anthropology

Chinese Language

Contemporary Europe

Development Studies

Environmental Studies

European History

English

French Language and Culture

Geography

Gender, Sexuality and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

History

Indonesian Language

International Communication

International Relations

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Latin

Latin American Studies

Linguistics

Mathematics

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Persian

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sanskrit Language

Sociology

Spanish Language and Culture

Thai Language

Urdu Language

Vietnamese Language

Either:

24 units from the completion of one the following Arts minors or specialisations

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Spanish Studies

Ancient Greek

American Studies

Analytical Philosophy

Ancient History

Anthropology

Applied Linguistics

Arabic

Archaeology

Australian Politics

Biological Anthropology

Chinese Language

Classical Chinese

Climate Science and Policy

Comparative Politics

Contemporary Europe

Continental Philosophy

Crime and Deviance

Cultural Studies

Development Studies

Environmental Policy

Environmental Studies

European History

English

Film

Forensic Anthropology

French Language and Culture

Gender and Sexuality

Geography

German Language and Culture

Health, Medicine and the Body

Heritage and Museum Studies

Hindi Language

History

Human Ecology

Indigenous Australian Studies

Indonesian Language

Integrative Methods in Environment and Society

International Communication

International Relations

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Latin

Latin American Studies

Linguistics

Mathematics

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Moral and Political Philosophy

Persian

Philosophy

Philosophy and Science

Political Science

Political Theory

Russian

Sanskrit Language

Social Psychology

Social Research Methods

Sociology

Spanish Language and Culture

Sustainable Development

Thai Language

Turkish

Urdu Language

Vietnamese Language

24 units from completion of courses offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences or listed in any Arts major, minor or specialisation above

Or:

48 units from completion of a second Arts major.

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

12 units from completion of courses from the following list, which may contribute to meeting the requirements of the Master of International Affairs vertical double degree component below:

HIST2139 Researching and Writing History

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2064 Global Social Movements

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

POLS2104 Media Politics: Political leaders, media moguls, journalists and audiences

POLS2113 Human Rights in International Relations

POLS3001 Australian Foreign Policy: Australia’s Foreign Wars

POLS3017 International Relations Theory

POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis

PHIL2113 Global Justice

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice

SOCY3123 Policy and Program Evaluation

ANIP3004 Aust. National Internship A

ANIP3005 Aust. National Internship B

ANIP3006 Aust. National Internship C

ANIP3007 Australian National Internships Program D

12 units from completion of courses from the following list, which may contribute to meeting the requirements of the Master of International Affairs vertical double degree component below:

ANTH8038 Introduction to Gender and Development

ASIA8814 Politics of the Korean Peninsula

INTR8013 International Political Economy 1

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations

INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security

INTR8032 Global Security 1

INTR8045 Global Governance 1

INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System 1

INTR8051 Ethics and Culture in World Politics

INTR8055 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy

INTR8058 Politics of Islam in Southeast Asia

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8063 Japan and Northeast Asia in the Postwar World: war and national identity

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8070 International Organization

MEAS8100 Oil Religion Politics and Conflict in the Middle East

MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

PAAE8002 Global Justice

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POLS8020 Non-Traditional Approaches to Security

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark, with no failing grade, in the first 96 units of courses attempted in order to enrol in 6000-level, 7000-level or 8000-level courses.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, exactly 96 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark, with no failing grade, in the first 144 units of courses attempted in order to commence the Master of International Affairs vertical double degree component.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 144 in the same teaching period in which the 144th unit is attempted, exactly 144 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Master of International Affairs

The Master of International Affairs vertical double degree component requires the completion of 72 units which must include:

12 units from completion of INTR8011 International Relations Theory

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INTR8031: Global Governance 2

INTR8048: International Political Economy 2

INTR8047: Global Security 2

INTR8012: The Evolution of the International System 2

12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

HIST2139 Researching and Writing History

POLS2043 Pressure Groups and Political Lobbying

POLS2064 Global Social Movements

POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy

POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

POLS2104 Media Politics: Political leaders, media moguls, journalists and audiences

POLS2113 Human Rights in International Relations

POLS3001 Australian Foreign Policy: Australia’s Foreign Wars

POLS3017 International Relations Theory

POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis

PHIL2113 Global Justice

SOCY2038 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

SOCY2043 Qualitative Research Methods

SOCY2101 Social Policy: Principles and Practice

SOCY3123 Policy and Program Evaluation

ANIP3004 Australian National Internship A

ANIP3005 Australian National Internship B

ANIP3006 Australian National Internship C

ANIP3007 Australian National Internships Program D

36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8038 Introduction to Gender and Development

ASIA8814 Politics of the Korean Peninsula

INTR8013 International Political Economy 1

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations

INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security

INTR8032 Global Security 1

INTR8045 Global Governance 1

INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System 1

INTR8051 Ethics and Culture in World Politics

INTR8055 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy

INTR8058 Politics of Islam in Southeast Asia

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8063 Japan and Northeast Asia in the Postwar World: war and national identity

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8070 International Organization

MEAS8100 Oil Religion Politics and Conflict in the Middle East

MEAS8102 Islamic Radicalism

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

PAAE8002 Global Justice

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POLS8020 Non-Traditional Approaches to Security

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

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 majorminor or specialisation.

About this degree

The Bachelor of Arts vertical double degree component requires the completion of 144 units.

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark, with no failing grade, in the first 96 units of courses attempted in the Bachelor of Arts in order to enrol in 6000-level, 7000-level or 8000-level courses which count towards the completion of the Master of International Affairs component of this vertical double degree.

Please refer to the program requirements for this vertical double degree for further information.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.

  • A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Arts major
  • You need to enrol in courses for at least one potential Arts minor or a second potential Arts major

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 ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

There are over one hundred Arts majors, minors and specialisations available for you to study, from Ancient Greek to Visual Arts Practice.

If you aren’t sure what you want to study for your whole degree, that’s fine. You don’t need to commit to majors or minors until after your first year. Using electives can help to keep your options open.

From the list of Bachelor of Arts majors and minors choose the 1000 level courses you need to enrol in.

Because there are so many options available, you will need to take your time choosing what you want to study.


Electives

While you only need to enrol in courses for one Arts major and one Arts minor, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for an Arts major, and an Arts minor or second Arts major, you should choose electives to make up the balance of your courses.

To find 1000-level courses, use the catalogue finder.

Academic Advice

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can come to an academic advice session at Melville Hall during Orientation week.

If you are seeking status (credit) from previous study at another university you will need to come to an academic advice session at Melville Hall during Orientation week, and we will help you choose the correct courses for your first year.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact CASS Student Office at students.cass@anu.edu.au

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