Undergraduate

Bachelor of International Relations

UWA’s Bachelor of International Relations is a professional and practice-oriented program that provides the crucial conceptual knowledge and real-world experience required to tackle our most pressing global challenges.

85
Minimum ATAR
3
Years Full-Time

Majors available

International Relations (extended major)

Two students studying

The extended major in International Relations is a professional and practice-oriented program that provides the crucial conceptual knowledge and real-world experience required to tackle our most pressing global challenges.

The learning experience

UWA facilities include lecture theatres, case study rooms and break-out areas for group work and individual study.

UWA Schools

Six libraries

One of Australia’s most picturesque campuses

Five residential colleges

Vibrant student experience

Fees and scholarships

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Careers and further study

Career Pathways

With a Bachelor of International Relations, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of areas and organisations.

Potential career paths include:

  • Diplomat
  • Policy Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Journalist

Further Study

Further study will allow you to gain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It will open up opportunities in academia and research to help you pursue your goals in a wide range of careers, depending on your area of research.

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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 85
  • demonstrate English language competence - applicants presenting with IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

You can view the prerequisites and recommended subjects for your chosen course here.

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Assured Pathway information

If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Assured Pathways. An Assured Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Admission entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of International Relations

Recent world events — including the pandemic, war in Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, and climate-related emergencies — underscore the need for people trained to dynamically respond to crises of a global scale.

UWA’s Bachelor of International Relations is a professional and practice-oriented program that provides the crucial conceptual knowledge and real-world experience required to tackle our most pressing global challenges. Students develop a rigorous understanding of International Relations from a range of perspectives — political, legal, historical and sociological.

In line with UWA’s expertise and Perth’s geography, students receive unique training focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. This comprehensive program includes the option of completing a language major as well as multiple opportunities to develop industry networks, including through in-country fieldwork.

Bachelor of International Relations

Quick details

Minimum ATAR
  • 85
Intake
  • February and July
Full Time Completion
  • 3 years full time
Course Code
  • BP058

Why study International Relations at UWA?

  • You’ll receive training focused on the Indo-Pacific region. This unique geographic lens focused on the Global South provides graduates with a holistic and contemporary touchstone for interpreting and responding to global complexities
  • The program offers multiple opportunities to develop practical skills and industry networks, including in-country fieldwork experience. Engage directly with policymakers, practitioners and diplomats through the many seminars and lectures offered by UWA's centres and institutes
  • UWA offers the broadest and most comprehensive suite of language offerings in WA, with multiple opportunities for language exchange

Changing the world through international relations

Interested in leading diplomatic negotiations, developing foreign policy or tackling global crises? Find out more in Changing the world through international relations.

You'll learn to

  • understand the key approaches to the study of International Relations, from a range of perspectives – political, sociological, historical and legal
  • apply these approaches to some of our most pressing global challenges, to help find potential solutions
  • gain crucial transferable skills in critical thinking, writing, analysis, and professional conduct
  • apply your knowledge through practical experiences, such as opportunities for in-country fieldwork, language exchange and industry seminars and lectures
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International Relations (extended major)

Two students studying

The extended major in International Relations is a professional and practice-oriented program that provides the crucial conceptual knowledge and real-world experience required to tackle our most pressing global challenges.

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.