Bachelor of International Relations

La Trobe University

Go beyond theory by identifying solutions to global challenges in this degree. A La Trobe Bachelor of International Relations encourages critical thinking while building a student's knowledge of law, politics and social science. Develop an understanding of global issues, get skills and experience through overseas exchange, language studies and internships. This degree explores power in political, social and cultural contexts. By analysing multinational corporations, non-government and government organisations, Students will build an understanding of international affairs. Subjects will cover areas like culture and globalisation, democracies and dictatorships, and Australia as a global nation. By examining power, sovereignty, security and political science through real-world examples, students gain knowledge of international trade, foreign affairs, diplomacy and conflict. Study the historical contexts and social theories behind these areas, with an emphasis on 21st century law, economics and the state. Along with developing their critical thinking, research and communication skills, students also have the chance to put these skills into practice. Students are encouraged to study overseas at one of La Trobe's overseas partner universities, which can help decide on their major area of study and build a career network. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an internship in Australia or overseas that's tailored to their career aspirations. We encourage language studies and work placements throughout the degree. These can help contribute to a student's major and give them a deeper understanding of a geographical region or topic area. Apply to study this course at Melbourne Campus through La Trobe's Hallmark Scholars Program.

Course Fee:

International: $88,800

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Each year of this degree includes core subjects and electives. Electives cover disciplines such as anthropology, Asian studies, economics, history, legal studies, philosophy, politics and sociology. In third year, students have the option to complete the full-year subject, Professional Competence: Transition to the Workplace. This subject aims to equip students to work with and for organisations with a strong interest in international relations, indigenous peoples and development, social movements and human rights.

Subjects you can Study:

International relations

Further information:

Mid-year entry may be available.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 3 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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