Become a cultural innovator. You’ll critically reflect leaders in government, business, international aid, development and education. You will design, research and complete a scholarly thesis and undertake advanced course work that provides a firmer grounding in the field and in broader research methods.
Building on the capabilities you acquired at undergraduate degree level, this degree will enhance your sense of professional identity and widen your learning horizons through exposure to research practice.
Many of our graduates continue on to develop an academic research career though further Master and PhD studies. You’ll engage with the academic world of global studies by joining a network of talented students, who develop fresh insights into international issues through deeper analysis.
This degree uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- interactive coursework seminars that develop theoretical knowledge and research skills
- opportunities for collaborative learning and peer review
- individual self-paced research in conjunction with expert supervision.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. All programs are delivered in English.
Assessment activities may incorporate written, oral, group and online components.
The central focus of this program is the thesis project, which is supported by individual and small group interaction with staff, peers and industry experts.
Your thesis project will focus on a topic of your choice, negotiated with a supervisor, to allow you to address a research question. It will also provide a foundation for you to pursue further study or your career aspirations.
The thesis project will have an assessable outcome equivalent to between 12,000 and 15,000 words spread over the 2 semesters.
In addition, you will complete a total of 3 core subjects that will assist you in writing your thesis and studies. These are:
- Thesis Preparation
- Research Strategies
- Nationalism, transnationalism and globalism: Making sense of identity, structure and change.
You will also have the opportunity to choose 1 elective subject.
Choose a program structure
|Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)||City Campus||
1 year - 2 semesters full-time or 2 years - 4 semesters part-time
1 year - 2 semesters full-time
Choose a program structure
Program code: BH049
As a graduate of this program you will be a highly versatile, articulate and imaginative future international professional. You will be knowledgeable about global intercultural, social, linguistic and political issues and processes, and possess initiative and entrepreneurial skills. Employers value an honours degree because it demonstrates higher-order research, analysis and writing skills.
You will also be able to engage in professional and academic research and enter debates on related issues and processes within the international sector. You will also have specialist knowledge in your chosen thesis area.
Past graduates of the program have continued on to higher degrees by research and professional employment in organisations with international orientations, including government, non-government and community and global organisations both in Australia and overseas.
Graduates have undertaken roles as:
- international educators
- international aid workers
- international development workers
- international policy advisers
- foreign affairs officers
- social researchers
- civil services
- communications officers
- international political analysts
- international business managers
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with Higher Education study
Successful completion of 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).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Secondary education (Year 12) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training
Vocational education and training (VET) is not considered for entry into this program.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Work and life experience is not considered for entry into this program.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and recognition of prior learning
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience. Find out if you might be eligible.
2021 indicative fees
In 2021, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,700 to AU$14,500*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Paying your fees and applying for refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
The Australian Government has announced amendments to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package.
The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2021 and are subject to the passage of legislation. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2021
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2021
Agriculture, english, languages, mathematics, nursing, postgraduate clinical psychology, teaching
|$3,700 per standard year
$462 per standard (12 credit point) course
Architecture, creative arts, engineering, environmental studies, health, information technology, science
$7,700 per standard year
Dental, medical and veterinary science
$11,300 per standard year
Arts, commerce, communications, economics, humanities (excluding languages), law, management
$14,500 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Looking for answers or more general infomation?
For frequently asked questions or how to find more information regarding applications and enrolments, fees, student support services, university policies and more, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.