Bond University International Relations

The Bachelor of International Relations prepares students for fascinating careers in a globalizing world. Global and regional interdependence means that no state is unaffected by developments beyond its borders. Prosperity and security are based on international orientations. Businesses, governments, and organizations need people equipped not only with relevant professional skills but also with competencies in International Relations.

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semestersJanuary 2021May 2021September 2021January 2022May 2022September 2022January 2023May 2023September 2023
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-20006
CRICOS code063074E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Structure and subjects

The Bachelor of International Relations program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

  • CORE11-001 Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE 1)
  • CORE11-002 Collaboration, Teams and Leadership (CORE 2)
  • CORE11-003 Responsibility, Integrity and Civic Discourse (CORE 3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Required Subjects (12)

Students must choose twelve (12) subjects from the following:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Philosophy: Freedom, Justice and the State
  • Geopolitics
  • Hacking, Networks and Security
  • Australian Public and Foreign Policy
  • The United Nations
  • Public Diplomacy and Social Media
  • Political Economy 
  • Terrorism
  • China’s Defence and Security
  • Eurasia
  • Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  • Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
  • Peace and War
  • The Americas
  • Climate Change and the Future World
  • Contemporary Globalisations
  • World Languages
  • Asia’s Rising Powers
  • The New Europe
  • Africa and the Middle East
  • International Model United Nations and Study Tour*
  • Internship A**

*Faculty approval required
**CDC approval required. A minimum GPA of 2 is required to undertake internship. 

Major Options (6)

Students must choose one of the following options: 

Australian StudiesDigital MediaChinese Language and CultureFrench Language and Culture
Global Studies (Sustainability)Language and CultureJapanese Language and CultureSpanish Language and Culture

Electives (3)

Students can choose 3 subjects from the list of available subjects from across the University.

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however, enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Program fees

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $15,560* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $93,360

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.