Bachelor of International Relations

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


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.


  • International relations

Standard 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne International: $88,800
  • ATAR: 50
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time

Further information

Mid-year entry may be available.

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