Honours Degree of Bachelor of International Relations

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to questions in international relations that no one else is asking. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Our prerequisite for honours study is at least a credit standard in a specified major. Applications are called for by departments/disciplines in October and November each year.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Partner with an academic mentor who’ll support and encourage your intellectual development.
  • Produce an extended piece of work (thesis) on a chosen topic.

Further details on honours are available from schools and disciplines in the faculty. 


  • Get the career edge with a Honours degree
  • Deep-dive into global politics and the forces shaping our world today
  • Study at a university consistently ranked in the top 1% worldwide

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH068
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH068

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $15,145

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Scholarships

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

Potential careers

Member of Parliament, NGO Policy Officer, PR Advisor, Community Outreach Worker, Community Project Manager, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Planning Officer / Urban Planner, Data Analyst, Research and Education, Foreign Affairs, Strategic Planning Officer, UN Human Rights Officer, Human Resource Manager, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, Workplace Relations Officer, Ministerial Adviser, Policy Adviser

Degree Structure

Testimonial

I choose this degree because of my interest in international affairs and economics. Through my internship I hope to find employment in a field that assists developing nations.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Sep 2022