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Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)

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

BIR
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HIR
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082703A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan HIR
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 082703A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

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: 

POLS4012 International Cooperation

POLS4013 International Relations Theory

POLS4019 Democracy and its Discontents

POLS4020 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

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

POLS4043 Violence and Political Order

POLS4047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences

HONS4100 Final Honours Grade will be used to calculate the Class of Honours and the Mark. It will be calculated using the formula: S (mark x units) / S units, giving NCN and WN a nominal mark of zero

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 POLS4011 Research Training: Scope and Methods 12 units 12 unit list course 6 units 12 unit list course 6 units -
THES4103 24 units - - -

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

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Please note that Adjustment Factors vary and do not apply to a select few programs,  please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further 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
$43,680.00

Scholarships

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

  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.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program.

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 (Education). 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: http://cass.anu.edu.au/current-students/honours/honours-convenors.

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