• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
If you’re interested in foreign affairs, trade and international business then this Bachelor of Social Science: Security and International Relations at Swinburne Online could give you the skills to operate at a global level.


During this Bachelor of Social Science: Security and International Relations at Swinburne Online you’ll study the complex issues that surround security, international trade and global diplomacy, you will develop your critical thinking skills and learn how to approach issues from a range of perspectives. 

Graduate with a thorough understanding of domestic and international political issues, and skills that you can apply in both private and government roles anywhere in the world. 

Career opportunities

  • International Trade Affairs Officer

Provide assistance and advice on treaties and international law matters.

  • Policy Advisor

Advise government departments on issues relating to security and foreign affairs.

  • Risk Analyst

Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.

  • Defence Career Progression

This degree can help people already working in Defence to advance their degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning and Communicating Online
  • War and Peace in the 20th Century
  • Australian Politics
  • International Politics
  • Australian Foreign Policy
  • Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics
  • International Relations and Security Studies
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (Capstone Unit)
  • History, Politics and Human Rights
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Sociological Foundations

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19176 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57540 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6564 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19698 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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