Bachelor of International Relations

The Bachelor of International Relations at ANU will provide you with an understanding of the complexities that have helped shape the modern world of states and international society. You will examine historical and current issues through the lens of theory and practice of global politics, international political economy, international security, and aid and development.

In this program, you will also have the opportunity to study across the full range of the discipline to further your understanding of international affairs. As well as studying theories and concepts of international relations more broadly, you will build greater knowledge on the foreign policy of at least one world region, develop research skills applicable across the social sciences.

International Relations at ANU

Studying international relations in the nation’s capital allows you to access a range of valuable resources unique to Canberra. By choosing to study international relations, you will receive a world-class education and an internationally recognised degree.

Bachelor of International Relations students learn to:

  • Identify the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international relations
  • Understand the historical development of the global system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principal actors in contemporary global politics and the challenges they face
  • Your program of study also leaves space to focus on a sub-discipline such as political economy, theory, security, a language, or research methodology.


Flexible Double Degree

The Bachelor of International Relations can be combined with degrees in Law, Business or Science as part of the ANU Flexible Double Degree program. For a full list of degree combinations see

Study overseas

ANU is recognised for its leadership in the field of international relations. ANU has many connections with the Australian Federal Government and a range of non-government organisations. Canberra is home to Australia’s diplomatic community and members of embassies regularly visit ANU for lectures. Parliament House is also a short distance from the University, where international relations students can witness politics first hand.

You will also have the opportunity to apply for hands-on learning through the Australian National Internship program. See for more information.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Key facts

1 in Australia
10 for Politics in World*

3 years
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Honours option available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 131153
CRICOS Code: 073992F

Career options

In the Bachelor of International Relations, you will learn the complexities of the modern state system and understand how different states cooperate and disagree. The result is a degree that prepares you for a range of occupations including public policy and internationally oriented employment or further study at a postgraduate level.

The breadth of knowledge that you will learn in this degree can be applied to many industries and institutions. Graduates may find work in government, foreign affairs, journalism, policy making, non-government organisations, private business, tourism, trade and many other fields.

Hear from our students

Even though I lived in Korea for 10 years and also lived in Canada for approximately 10 years, it was really hard for me to find my identity.
Scott , Bachelor of International Relations

My brilliant career

I've also been lucky to have lecturers who were really interested in my educational outcomes and followed me through my whole degree. Some helped organise internships for me or put me in contact with people when I was overseas.
Sam Davies , Bachelor of International Relations

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Fees, scholarships & apply

Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

How to apply

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