Bachelor of International Relations

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334021
CRICOS 022493C

Your passport to success

In what ways is the world changing? What influence do we have? How can we reduce conflict?

International relations is about interactions across oceans and borders. It examines the political and societal forces of international change. To study it is to delve into history, politics, economics, anthropology and law.

What will you do?

In our Bachelor of International Relations you can specialise in international security, global justice, human rights, global governance, rising powers, or global citizenship. In core studies you’ll:

  • get to know key actors in global politics and the challenges they face
  • consider relationships that involve power, authority, influence, conflict, cooperation, selfishness and altruism
  • analyse political institutions and business-government relations
  • learn about the history of globalisation and foreign-policy formation.

You can also boost your employability and cross-cultural awareness by:

  • studying a language
  • going on study tours
  • enrolling in overseas exchange programs.

Where could it take you?

Our graduates emerge ready for exciting roles across Australia and around the world. You might find yourself at the United Nations as a human rights officer. You could work as a policy advisor or an intelligence analyst in a government agency or a non-governmental organisation. You might be a public relations expert or marketing consultant for an international business. Perhaps you’ll write political news. Or you could work in foreign affairs, strengthening partnerships and providing aid to developing countries.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334021
    2019 CSP ATAR 66.7
    2019 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
    Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 59.3
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 92.95
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.5
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 66.7
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 96.2
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334021

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    . N/A
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    7 10.3%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    52 76.5%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    <5 N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 68 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    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) 25
    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 (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 1120
    AP (in conjuction with American High School Diploma) 6
    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
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,845

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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:
    • 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
    Minor Level I Language Level I
    (*if exempt from
    language studies:

    International Relations
    Closed Elective Level I)
    POLI 1102
    Introduction to
    Global Politics
    International Relations
    Closed Elective
    Level I
    Minor Level I Language Level I
    (*if exempt from
    language studies:

    International Relations
    Closed Elective Level I)
    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 Elective Level II
    (or optional Language Minor)
    Year 3 One 6 units from:
    POLIS 3107
    International Relations Internship
    POLIS 3108
    International Relations Practice
    Minor Level III Elective Level III
    (or optional Language Minor)
    International Relations
    Closed Elective
    Level III
    International Relations
    Closed Elective
    Level III
    Minor Level III Elective Level III
    (or optional Language Minor)
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019