Bachelor of International Relations

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334021
CRICOS 022493C
The Bachelor of International Relations prepares you to analyse, interpret and influence the political and societal forces of international change.

You will consider relationships that involve power, authority, influence, conflict, cooperation, selfishness and altruism, and gain a deep understanding of the key actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face.

In addition to undertaking analysis of political institutions and processes, business-government relations, foreign policy formation and the history of globalisation, you can specialise in one of four specific areas: international security; global governance and justice; rising powers; or global citizenship. Study of a language will boost your employability and cross-cultural awareness.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334021
    2017 Guaranteed Entry Score 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (bonus factors)).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334021

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 022493C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,550

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of international relations build careers in Australia and internationally in both the public and private sectors, including:

    • Non-government organisations
    • Amnesty International
    • AusAid
    • Australian Red Cross
    • Australian Secret Intelligence Service
    • Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
    • CARE Australia
    • Caritas Australia
    • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Department of Immigration and Border Protection
    • Migration Solutions
    • Multicultural Youth SA
    • World Vision Australia
    • Journalism and media
    • The United Nations
    • The World Bank, financial services, international businesses, investment banks
    • Tourism and trade
    • Humanitarian aid and human rights organisations

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Potential careers

    NGO Policy Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Policy Developer, Cultural Heritage Officer, Translator, UN Human Rights Officer, Journalist, Ministerial Adviser, News Presenter, Non Government Organisation Worker, Columnist, Communications Officer, Parliamentary Adviser, Parliamentary Member, Political Adviser, Diplomatic corps, Public Servant, Quarantine Officer, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Strategist, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Students can take a minor in:
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • French Studies
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Business
    • International Development
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Spanish Studies

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 POLIS 1104
    Introduction to Comparative Politics
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    (semester 1 or 2)
    Minor Level I Language Level I
    (*if exempt from language studies:
    International Relations Closed Elective Level II)
    POLI 1102
    Introduction to International Relations
    International Relations Closed Elective Level I Minor Level I Language Level I
    (*if exempt from language studies:
    International Relations Closed Elective Level II)
    Year 2 POLIS 2124
    Global Justice and International Order
    International Relations Closed Elective Level II Minor Level II Language Level II
    (*if exempt from language studies:
    International Relations Closed Elective Level II)
    International Relations Closed Elective Level II International Relations Closed Elective Level II Minor Level II Arts Elective Level II
    (or Optional Language Minor)
    Year 3 One course (6 units) from:
    POLIS 3107 International Relations Internship (semester 1)
    POLIS 3108 International Relations Capstone (semester 2)
    Minor Level III Arts Elective Level II or III
    (or Optional Language Minor)
    International Relations Closed Elective Level III International Relations Closed Elective Level III Minor Level III Arts Elective Level II or III
    (or Optional Language Minor)
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Monday, 9 Jul 2018