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Undergraduate

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-INTRL Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode Off-campus, mixed on- and off-campus, online and on-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

International relations is a multidisciplinary field that investigates the social, economic and environmental relationships between different political bodies.

This dynamic major focuses on current international topics and issues, covering political theory, international relations theory, foreign policy, strategic studies and political history.

You will explore the art of diplomacy and policy making, geopolitical change, and national and regional security in broad contexts, including military, politics and geo-economics. Political and regional globalisation, with an emphasis on Asia, is explored in-depth. Issues of international trade, environmental change, resource management and human rights are further study topics.

This major will allow you to develop your skills in critical analysis and problem solving as well as written and oral communications, which are transferable into a variety of careers.

International relations is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study International Relations as part of the Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts double degree.

When coupled with Business Law or Economics you can complete this major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce.

You also can study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.

See the Courses Handbook for the structure of this part of the double degree.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study Applicants with higher education study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, whether at a university or non-university provider.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Other higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.; or
  • A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

  • Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

'Experience' includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites):

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Admission criteria may be different if you are studying this major as part of a double degree. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$6,440*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Parliamentarian
  • Research Officer
  • Public Servant - Australian Public Service
  • Public Servant - State Government
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Political Scientist

Careers in this field can include security analysis and policy with Departments of Defence, and Foreign Affairs and Trade, intelligence analysis and research analysis, and in roles such as:

  • executives in energy companies 
  • policy officers in law enforcement agencies and non-government organisations
  • areas of international finance and management 
  • the media 
  • education.

Possible careers

Political or Intelligence Analyst; Policy Advisor

These electives will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to become a Political or Intelligence Analyst or Policy Advisor:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Australians at War 222
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Asia 211
  • Titans and Transformations: China, India, Japan 212
  • Islam in Contemporary Asia 222

Diplomatic Service

These electives will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to enter the Diplomatic Service:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Australians at War 222
  • Democracy and Dictatorships in Asia 211
  • Titans and Transformations: China, India, Japan 212
  • Islam in Contemporary Asia 222

Political Reporter or Foreign Correspondent

Below are a list of recommended electives that will best complement your International Relations single major if you wish to become a Foreign Correspondent or Political Reporter:

  • Conflict and Strategy 221
  • International Political Economy 222
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia 223
  • Conflict and Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific 224
  • Natural Hazards: Risk, Vulnerability and Adaption 221
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 223
  • Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia 222
  • Journalism - Radio News 212
  • Journalism - Television News 215
  • Journalism - Television Current Affairs 397

Or you can elect to take a double major with Journalism.

Why International Relations?

  • Curtin’s award-winning team of international experts offers you a quality education with a strong applied angle.
  • This major offers a multidisciplinary approach, which allows you to gain perspectives from political science, anthropology, sociology, history and geography.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.