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Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HINSS
  • CRICOS code 085328F
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HINSS
  • CRICOS code 085328F
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of International Security Studies (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of STST4001 Asia-Pacific Security Honours, which must be completed more than once, in consecutive semesters.

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.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, students must have a Bachelor Degree completed within the last two years,

  • in a cognate area;
  • with an average of at least 70% Distinction in cognate courses in their Bachelor Pass Degree (i.e., courses that are relevant to their proposed honours thesis);
  • with approval of an identified supervisor for the research thesis;
  • and with approval of the honours program convenor for a written research thesis proposal.

Cognate Areas

Asian Studies; Asia-Pacific studies; Security Studies; Social Sciences

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. 

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 for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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 Security Studies degree provides specialist training in contemporary international, internal, and transnational security challenges. This degree is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in relevant areas of government and public policy [Defence, Foreign Affairs or Intelligence] or wishing to undertake graduate work in security studies.

The Honours year also provides an opportunity for students to bridge the gap between their undergraduate degree and a higher research degree and/or professional employment.

Honours students will have access to the ANU’s wealth of International Security Studies expertise and to the extensive holdings of the ANU and the National libraries. Students will have expert supervisory guidance and will share their experiences with other Honours students in the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP). As a member of the ANU research community, students will be in touch with the latest thinking expressed in the ANU’s frequent seminars, special lectures and conferences on Asia and the Pacific.

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.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical understanding of research design and methods.
  2. Apply that knowledge to the development of a research proposal and research plan.
  3. Communicate their critical understanding of research design and methods in a clear and concise way through a series of assignments and participation in seminars.
  4. Perform high-level independent research.
  5. Exhibit in-depth knowledge of their chosen research topic.
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