Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies

University of Newcastle

This program delivers a core focus on ensuring a strong student understanding of culture, history and politics. This dynamic and highly specialised degree is taught and managed by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic and administrative team. This team is passionate about Indigenous representation and are committed to the issues focused on as part of your studies. This degree is available to study with combined online and face-to-face learning to provide added flexibility to your study program. Some selected majors are available fully online. A placement course will allow you to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting. Core studies are in Global Indigenous studies, but students can also study in other areas. A Global Indigenous Studies degree opens doors for jobs in a range of areas in both Indigenous and mainstream organisations internationally. Students graduate with an in-depth understanding of Indigenous culture, history and political life in Australia and the world and the ability to challenge and develop policy affecting social justice in the workforce and community. Graduates will pursue rewarding careers in Indigenous affairs and beyond. Some typical roles include: global development worker; organisational cultural diversity practitioner; start-up entrepreneur; cultural heritage conservationist; social enterprise founder; digital media content initiator; community development worker; program innovation consultant; policy and research officer.

Course Fee:

International: $81,315

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; selection based on ATAR or equivalent


The program consists of 240 units: Students must complete one of the following structures: Single Major pathway A: 50 core/one (1) 80 unit major/ one (1) 40 unit minor/ 70 units electives; Single Major pathway B: 50 core/one (1) 80 unit major/ two (2) 40 unit minors/ 30 units electives; Single Major pathway C: 50 core/one (1) 80 unit major/ 110 units electives; Double Major pathway: 50 core/ two (2) 80 unit majors/ no minor/ 30 units electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Major study options are available in the following areas: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Film, Media and Cultural Studies; Global Indigenous Studies; Governance, Policy and Political Economy; Human Geography and the Environment; Human Resource Management; Human Services; Sociology and Anthropology. Minor study options are available in the following areas: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Information Technology; Writing Studies.

Study Pathways:

Honours is available as an additional year to meritorious students.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info No Online
Callaghan No info No Part time 6 years
Callaghan No info No Full time 3 years

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For more than 50 years, the University of Newcastle has helped shape over 37,000 students from 114 countries to be some of the world’s greatest thinkers, creators, leaders, innovators and change makers. 

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We take education outside the classroom and beyond the textbooks. Our strong partnerships with local and global organisations ensure everything you study is shaped by the real world. That means access to internships, work experience and industry connection, across all our degrees.

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