Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (BIntRel(Hons))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) is a one year program that includes advanced coursework and a research project in which students produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a topic chosen in consultation with an academic supervisor.

The Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand and synthesise a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the field of International Relations including relevant concepts, theories, skills, debates, emerging issues, and methods of inquiry.
  2. Apply creative and critical thinking to identify and solve problems in the field of International Relations using rigorous techniques of inquiry involving a variety of primary and secondary sources.
  3. Communicate effectively in a range of spoken and written modes and formats within discipline and professional contexts in a variety of social, cultural and linguistic situations and contribute productively to group-based outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including: 4.1 information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present discipline-based information and data, and to communicate effectively with others 4.2 lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigor, self-direction and intellectual independence.
  5. Identify social and cultural global issues and their ethical implications, and demonstrate the capacity to operate with personal and professional integrity in a range of social, cultural and linguistic contexts.
  6. Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate respect and mutual responsibility in sustaining productive relationships.


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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of International Relations (Honours)

There shall be a Bachelor of International Relations (Honours).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of International Relations (Honours), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 12 units
  2. Research disseration to the value of 12 units

Core Courses