BH049 - Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)

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Plan: BH049 - Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BArts(IntlSt)(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year full-time (2 semesters) or 2 years part-time (4 semesters)
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090300
CRICOS code: 049567A

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Purpose of the Program

The BH049 International Studies (Honours) program provides graduates with a research pathway through a PhD to a research career, whilst also developing and expanding your skills and knowledge in international studies for graduate entry employment in a range of sectors including the public sector and organisations with an international focus.  

Building on the knowledge and skills you have developed and applied at undergraduate degree level, this program enhances your sense of academic and professional identity and fosters and refines your research capability, including through exposing you to a range of professional and research practice within the international studies field. 

The program is designed to facilitate your engagement with the academic world of global studies. You will be join a network of talented international studies students and your interactions and collaborations will support you to develop new insights into international issues, and to deepen your knowledge and analysis of complex international issues, challenges and policy imperatives.

The program is designed for you to develop your independent research skills and will prepare you to practice as a critical innovator in government, business, international aid, development and education. This goal is facilitated through your design, research and writing of a scholarly thesis supplemented with advanced course work that enhances your specialised knowledge of the international studies field. As a graduate, you will be equipped to undertake roles which include: policy officer, consultant, advocate, research officer or analyst.

You will expand and refine your knowledge of social science research methods and integrate and apply your research knowledge and skills to design, conduct and disseminate professional and scholarly findings. Your completion of a minor thesis will enable you to you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to independently solve problems and engage in critical analysis informed by professional and ethical standards of practice. You will apply your knowledge of, and respect for, key values such as equity and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. 

On completion of the program you will be able to confidently communicate and work with others and provide informed insights into international studies and the global context which shapes this field. You will be able to undertake independent research investigating international policy and developments, and apply informed judgement, balancing international policy and global imperatives development with the needs of diverse communities and groups. 

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Articulation and pathways

The Bachelor of International Studies program is the primary pathway into this program. 

With the intention to broaden, deepen and value add to existing knowledge, understanding and practice, no exemptions for electives are available for this program. If you have already completed any of the specialisation courses offered in the Honours program in your previous undergraduate program you will be required to complete another of the offered specialisation courses.

The Honours program is designed to be accessible to students who have completed relevant undergraduate degrees within RMIT and other universities, and to facilitate access to postgraduate research degrees and scholarship opportunities, at RMIT and at other universities.

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

You must provide a one page statement outlining why you wish to study Honours, what you hope to achieve through studying Honours and what research area/s you are interested in.

International English language requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

There are no professional bodies in Australia that recognise or accredit programs in International Studies. The program has strong, ongoing links with many organisations concerned with international affairs.

In particular, this program has very close associations with government, industry and professional associations in the fields of international relations,international development and international education. Program staff and students are regularly involved in collaborations with government, industry and civil society groups through joint projects, research links, internships, advisory boards and management committees.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

RMIT also provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist you in finding a good balance between study and other aspects of your life and well being so you can achieve your study and career goals. You can take advantage of a wide range of services which are available face-to-face and online at;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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