single degree

Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HIR
  • CRICOS code 082703A
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HIR
  • CRICOS code 082703A

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:
36 units from completion of the following course(s):

POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods
THES4103 Thesis

12 Units from the following list:

MEAS4113 The Gulf Strategic Environment
MEAS4115 Islam in World Politics
MEAS4116 Authoritarianism, Democratisation and Protest in the Muslim Middle East
POLS4010 Special Topics in Politics and International Relations 2
POLS4012 International Cooperation
POLS4013 International Relations Theory
POLS4021 Civilian Protection in Conflict and Post Conflict Zones
POLS4027 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
POLS4031 Globalisation: Theories, Issues, Debates
POLS4032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics
POLS4036 Human Rights and Human Responsibility
POLS4047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences


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.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units For study plans, please see the following link - - -
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Admission Requirements

AQF Level 7 Bachelor of International Relations from the ANU, or equivalent from another institution, completed within the last two years:

with a weighted average mark equivalent to an ANU 70 per cent calculated from the 36 units (i.e. 0.75 EFTSL), excluding 1000-level courses, with the highest marks, which must include 24 units from the following courses which are compulsory in the Bachelor of International Relations:
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy
POLS2133 International Organisations in World Politics
POLS3001 Foreign Policy Analysis
POLS3017 International Relations Theory

and with the written approval of an identified supervisor for THES4103 Thesis

Adjustment Factors

Adjustment Factors do not apply to 1 year honours programs. They do not apply to this program.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 (Honours) degree exemplifies the ANU commitment to research-led education. Building on the Bachelor of International Relations, it gives you high-level preparation for professional life or a higher degree by research through the development of an advanced knowledge of the research principles and methods and theoretical concepts of international relations, and through the design and implementation of a research project, typically a 20,000 word thesis, that leads to the development of new understandings or that provides solutions to complex problems.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. pose a significant research question relating to international relations;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to international relations, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition; and
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Further Information

If a person seeking acceptance into a Bachelor Honours program satisfies or exceeds the minimum requirement for admission to the Bachelor Honours program, the Delegated Authority is not obliged to admit the person to the program only because the person has satisfied the minimum requirement for admission.


The Delegated Authority for the Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) plan HIR is the CASS Associate Dean Students. All admissions to this plan must be approved by the Delegated Authority.


Applicants should in the first instance contact their discipline’s Honours convenor; names and contact details are at:

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