Bachelor of International Relations (BIntRel)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Academic Year

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The program offers students an opportunity to explore the interrelations between nations and peoples, and to examine global politics, problems, and actors from a variety of perspectives. As well as core topics in international security, global justice and foreign policy, students have the opportunity to complete a minor in History, International Development, International Business, Geography, or a language. The program also includes a variety of approaches to citizenship and human rights, with a particular focus in the area of global citizenship. Students complete core courses in international politics and a wide range of closed electives, as well as a minor in a relevant area. The program incorporates a range of international experiences, including study tours and an international studies internship.

The Bachelor of International Relations is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.


Condition of enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of International Relations

There shall be a Bachelor of International Relations.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of International Relations, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 18 units including a course chosen from the Core Competency List to the value of 3 units
  2. Closed Electives to the value of 18 units
  3. At least one minor to the value of 18 units, with no more than 6 units at Level I, at least 6 units at Level II and 6 units at Level III:
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • History
    • International Business
    • International Development
  4. Language studies courses to the value of at least 9 units, with not more than 6 units at Level I and at least 3 units at Level II. (Exemption: International students and/or students studying a Diploma in Languages or a language major or minor in another degree are exempt from completing the mandatory language component, although may complete language units in a different language if they wish.) Languages can be chosen from the following disciplines:
    • Chinese Studies
    • French Studies
    • German Studies
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Spanish Studies
  5. Open electives to the value of 9 units or an additional 9 units of language studies courses to complete a minor of 18 units in the chosen language.
  6. Not more than 24 units at Level I
  7. Level II and III courses to the value of at least 48 units, with at least 24 units at Level III
  8. Level II courses to the value of 6 units must be completed before commencing Level III courses.


Core Courses