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International Security Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #29 (QS) Canberra, Australia
Do you see yourself shaping Australia's foreign policy decisions? Or working with elite international organisations like the United Nations or our top spy agencies? The International Security Studies program at the Australian National University can help you make your dream career a reality.
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During the International Security Studies program at the Australian National University, you will delve deeply into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world – including the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security to name just a few.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify and explain the key concepts, ideas and principal actors in international security.
  • Evaluate the major theoretical frameworks for understanding the complexities of contemporary international security challenges.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of international, internal and transnational security, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Analyse the key challenges facing Australian security and defence policy in the ‘Asian Century’.
  • Reflect critically on the principal factors that determine the security policies of Australia and the major Asia-Pacific powers.
  • Employ communication and presentation skills (oral, written and electronic).
  • Demonstrate teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Exhibit the ability to write for both academic and professional audience

Employment Opportunities

From instability in the Middle East, to the rising occurrences of computer hacking or global warming and its impact on human populations, there’s a whole range of global security challenges which face business, government and international organisations today. As a result, employers across industry have begun to seek out graduates who have the confidence to provide advice on these issues and how to minimise their impacts.

The Bachelor of International Security Studies gives you the practical skills and knowledge that will set you apart as a leader in this field and graduates from this degree can expect to find themselves working in a range of fields including business analysts, defence policy, foreign affairs, intelligence agencies, journalism and media. Recent graduates of security studies are currently working with organisations like the Attorney Generals Department, United Nations, Telstra, Boeing, the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Civil Wars and Civil Peace
  • Southeast Asian Security
  • Natural Resource Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific
  •  Asia Pacific Affairs Internship
  • The Cold War, 1945-1989
  • China's New Approaches to Asia Pacific Security
  • Indian Foreign and Security Policy
  • US Security Policy in Asia

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General Requirements

  • CRICOS: 082704M
  • An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
  • A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
  • At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
  • An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    41280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41280 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • All domestic undergraduate students, and some domestic postgraduate students, are Commonwealth supported.

Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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