Bachelor of International Security Studies

Australian National University (ANU)

From instability in the Middle East to global warming and its impact on human populations, there are a range of global security threats facing Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In the rapidly changing and uncertain world, employers are increasingly seeking graduates with the ability to analyse and respond to complex security challenges. The Bachelor of International Security Studies at ANU allows students to delve deeply into contemporary security issues facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world - including the threats posed by military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security. Students will develop practical skills that will equip them to critically analyse international security threats and policy responses and graduate with the ability to play a part in minimising their impact. Students will finish university with a degree that will open the door to their dream career in international relations - whether that's working for an international organisation such as the United Nations; providing advice to government in defence, foreign affairs and trade or intelligence; or analysing security threats for a multinational corporations such as airlines and telecommunications.

Course Fee:

International: $123,840

Entry Requirements:

An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.


This is a 144 units degree which is comprised of 30 units of compulsory courses, 18 units of discipline studies, 72 units of electives and 24 units from one Minor areas of study: Advanced Arabic; Advanced French Studies; Advanced Japanese Language; Advanced Korean Language; Advanced Chinese Language; Advanced Sanskrit Language; Advanced Spanish Studies; Arabic Language; Asia-Pacific Security Studies; Burmese Language; Chinese Language; French Language and Culture; German Language and Culture; Hindi Language; Historical International Security; Indonesian Language; International Relations; Italian Language and Culture; Japanese Language; Korean Language; Mongolian Language; Peace and Conflict Studies; Persian Russian; Spanish; Tetum Language; Thai Language; Vietnamese Language; War Studies.

Subjects you can Study:

International security studies

Study Pathways:

Credit will be granted for equivalent studies as appropriate at other universities or equivalent institutions. The College has flexible credit arrangements and up to 1/3 of the program (the elective sequence) may be granted as credit for prior tertiary studies.

Further information:

This course can be taken as part of a flexible double degree which allows students to combine two Bachelor degrees of their choice. Students can build their own combination to suit both a career path and a personal passion with other degrees such as Law, Commerce and Asian Studies. They may be eligible for bonus points towards their ATAR for this program.


State and Federal Government educational authorities

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00120C

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra 82.35 Yes Part time 6 years
Canberra 82.35 Yes Full time 3 years
ANU was set up in 1946 as the national research institution by the Australian Parliament to enhance the economic, social cultural and intellectual development of the nation. Part of the Group of Eight, ANU is recognised as one of Australia's leading universities for education and is the only Australian member of the International Alliance of Research Universities.

Students at ANU engage with leading minds and learn from world-class researchers, with six Nobel Prize winners and two Australian prime ministers among its staff and Alumni. With over 170 partner universities across 37 countries, students have the opportunity to make global connections by going on an exchange, undertaking an internship or participating in fieldwork.

ANU has a mix of undergraduate, postgraduate and research students, many of whom live in University residences. International students come mainly from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA, with significant numbers also coming from Europe, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand.

The campus is located in the centre of the nation's capital, Canberra. Canberra is a university city and home to many national institutions. Offering a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the city has a high concentration of national museums and galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants. For the active, the capital is etched with bike paths and walking trails, and is surrounded by stunning Australian landscape. Facilities on campus include a wide range of student accommodation, modern laboratories and teaching facilities, five main libraries, medical services, sporting fields, gym, food vans and cafes.

The University provides specialised services to assist students, including a tailored orientation program, Counselling and Health Service, Academic Skills and Learning Centre, Disability Services and the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre. There are also many student clubs and societies for a diverse range of sporting, social and other interests.

Provider CRICOS: 00120C

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