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Become an active participant in the global village

From global security and climate change, to cross-cultural communication, trade and health crises, we are living in demanding times and facing critical challenges.  

Studying International Studies provides the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of global issues, and an opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. It will help you learn how and why nations, governments and individuals respond accordingly to a range of important issues. 

Depending on your experiences, interests and aspirations, career opportunities related to International Studies in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors are in abundance. 

At UNE, we offer a range of courses that explore International Studies at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our programs are designed to give you the freedom to choose majors and electives that suit your interests, exposing you to range of social, environment and economic issues and solutions.

Explore the International Studies courses on offer at UNE.

Courses by study level

Add an area of expertise to your CV and gain an undergraduate qualification — without committing to a full bachelor’s degree. You will develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills in the core units. With the minor and elective units, you tailor the course to your specific interests and career objectives by choosing from an extensive selection of arts, humanities and social science units.

With our Advanced Diploma in Arts you have the freedom to explore related subjects, or a range of different topics. With this flexibility, your advanced diploma can be customised to your aspirational and practical needs. It will also qualify you to go on to a Bachelor of Arts if you’re keen to continue your studies. Consider this course as a springboard towards future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1.5 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Bachelor of Arts

Even though one of our longest-standing degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) is still relevant in today’s rapidly changing world. It equips you with the creative, critical and analytical skills in demand by employers, and is transferable across a range of workplaces.

Majors include: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient History, Ancient Near East, Archaeology, Australian History, Chinese, Classical Languages, Criminology, Cultural Heritage, English, French, German, History, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Music, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Physical Geography, Psychology, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Studies in Religion, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

When you study a BA at UNE, you will become a specialist in a discipline of your choice, with the freedom to explore related subjects or a range of different topics.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Workplaces value employees who have a broad range of real-world skills, and this combined degree will equip you to excel in today’s dynamic working environment. In our Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, you’ll gain business knowledge and learn to think like an entrepreneur. You’ll develop creative and/or socio-cultural knowledge, plus skills in critical thinking and communication. Our degree fosters the accumulation of knowledge and the acquisition of a diverse set of skills, essential to helping you be an independent thinker, and empowering you to create a new future, new career prospects and the ability to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing modern workplace.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The UNE Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws is a double degree for the future, designed to be responsive to the needs of rapidly changing workplaces and customised to your areas of interest.  The arts majors allow you to become an expert in a discipline of your choice with the freedom to explore a wide range of subjects. The legal knowledge and practical skills will enable you to pursue many pathways in law, also benefiting from UNE’s expertise in regional, rural and remote legal issues.

Duration
  • 5 years full-time
  • Up to 12 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Do you dream of a career where you’re helping to address the big issues facing humanity? Or perhaps you crave the excitement of being at the forefront of scientific discovery? Maybe you wish to instill your passion for the environment into future generations? Our Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science is uniquely positioned to help you reach your goals, with wide-spanning knowledge and a diverse set of skills to be adaptable in a rapidly changing world. This combined degree will help lay the foundation for you to acquire the ability to innovate and problem-solve — attributes that are in demand more than ever by employers in Australia and internationally.

Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The term ‘global village’ may have become a cliché but it’s true that the world has never felt smaller. Globalisation has seen many countries become increasingly dependent on each other, with the effects of internal politics, foreign policy and diplomacy impacting nations and individuals worldwide. With such a backdrop, the ability to make sense of it all and assess the issues that affect nations across the political, economic, social, environmental and cultural spectrum is a highly valued skill.

The Bachelor of International Studies gives you the opportunity to specialise in areas such as global societies and culture, international law, politics and peace, and an Asian, European or classical language. You will also have the option to study overseas. Available for study fully online, as well as on campus, the degree will equip you with transferable intercultural skills that are highly valued in today’s globalised job market.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

The Bachelor of International and Language Studies is an exciting degree that enables you to combine International Studies with the advanced study of language and culture in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. This four-year degree is open to students who have completed two years (or part time equivalent) of the Bachelor of International Studies. It is the only degree of its type with such a wide range of languages to choose from as well as being available to study online.

The course culminates in a year of study abroad, immersed in the language and culture that is the focus of your degree – an extraordinary, life-changing opportunity. Such valuable in-country experience is highly regarded by employers and will give you the edge in your chosen career.

Duration
  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 8 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

By studying UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science degree you will develop a comprehensive and valuable understanding of human societies and social thought, behaviour and relationships in their varied social, psychological and political manifestations, with potential for a rewarding career in social science related areas.  You will get a thorough grounding in sociology and psychology, plus you can choose from a broad range of majors including political studies, philosophy, international studies, and criminology to satisfy your interests, research and work. The skills you will learn in research, critical analysis and evaluation are transferable across a range of employment opportunities, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Up to 10 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online
Diploma in Arts

Are you looking to add an additional area of expertise to your CV to future proof your career, without committing to a full degree? Perhaps you just want to dip a toe into university study, with the option of continuing to an advanced diploma or even a bachelor’s degree? Well, our Diploma in Arts is the perfect way to achieve both goals. This course will equip you with a variety of fundamental skills and knowledge in a range of subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A ‘capstone’ to your bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of International Studies with Honours is an opportunity to drill deep into your specialist area, to extend your intellectual range, and sharpen your research capabilities. It’s an opportunity to develop advanced communication techniques and an in-depth knowledge of issues that affect nations across the security, political, economic, social and cultural spectrum. It will also help to hone your analytical abilities and give you the opportunity to gain high level personal and professional skills.

Position yourself for inevitable workplace change by further developing your transferable intercultural skills, which are highly valued in today’s globalised job market.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

As a high achiever, honours is an extra year of study after completing your undergraduate degree. UNE’s Bachelor of Social Science with Honours allows you to extend your studies in psychology or sociology, to build on knowledge and skills in social science theory while undertaking research in your chosen topic.

Honours is a valuable, additional qualification that improves career prospects, plus you'll have the option to proceed to higher degree studies — either a masters or PhD. With an honours degree, your skills in critical analysis and research will be transferable across a range of fields, future proofing your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus

Are you a graduate looking to add new skills to your CV to reinforce or redirect your career? Perhaps you are keen to pursue a personal interest in the arts or humanities. Or maybe you are interested in completing a master’s but aren’t sure if you can commit to a full degree. If any of the above fits your situation, the Graduate Certificate in Arts may be the perfect course for you. It offers an extensive range of subject areas to choose from, to extend your knowledge.

Majors include: Archaeology, English and Writing, History, Geography, Languages, Linguistics, Media and Communications, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Political and International Studies, Sociology, Theatre and Performance, Water Sustainability.

In addition, you will be trained to discover and process information, think independently, communicate effectively, and exercise initiative – all skills that employers today are looking for.

Duration
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

Adapt to an evolving workplace and open the door to new career opportunities with UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice. Whether you want to create more career choices, hone your specialist skills, or take a new career direction, we will work with you to customise a course to match your skills and aspirations.

Choose from a full breadth of subjects. Avoid getting bogged down in a lengthy, traditional course, and instead, play to your natural strengths, refine your skills and draw on your experience to prepare for the future. And do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor with 1:1 guidance from start to finish.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online

Design a bespoke course and prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace with the UNE Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whether you want to advance your career, hone your skills or embark on a new career direction, we’ll work with you to design a course to match your skills and aspirations. You will have the freedom to assemble your course from a full breadth of subjects, play to your strengths and draw from your experience to achieve your goals. Learn in a way that suits your timeframe and do it all with the support of an expert academic success advisor — with one-on-one guidance from start to finish. You’ll be paving your pathway to the next stage of your career.

Duration
  • 1 year full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • Online
Master of Arts

Employers value skills in communication, critical thinking and research — the core skills you’ll develop in the Master of Arts at UNE. A master’s degree can be a qualification to enable a career change or provide you with additional expertise to upskill in your current area of interest. At UNE you have the flexibility to choose a major from 26 specialty areas, dive into research, and tailor the course to suit your interests or professional direction. On completion, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will better prepare you to deal with the diverse challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Duration
  • 1 or 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

A Doctor of Philosophy is the pinnacle of academic study. Using rigorous and systematic research, combined with critical analysis, you will add to society’s understanding of complex issues at the cutting edge of your discipline or profession.

When you complete your PhD at UNE, you will be recognised as an expert in your area of study. Your original discoveries and innovations will be applied to benefit society and industry in Australia and worldwide.

Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • On Campus
  • Online

High quality research and analysis allows us to better understand the complex issues we face in industry and society. With UNE’s Master of Philosophy by research, your original findings and insights will add to the body of knowledge and inform decision making in your specialist area.

You will work independently, with personalised support from recognised experts in your area of study every step of the way. Expand your expertise, hone your research skills, and immediately apply your knowledge in a research topic of your choice.

Duration
  • 1.5 or 2 years full-time
  • Up to 4 years part-time
Start
  • Research Period 1
  • Research Period 2
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Bespoke Graduate Certificate: design your own 4 unit postgraduate course and have your work experience recognised in the process.
  • ‘Fundamental’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four fundamental units from a traditional degree. If you are planning a new direction, or adding a new set of skills to your portfolio, you may want to start with this option. These units provide a foundation, or a ‘base camp’, to return to if you want to later progress to a full degree.
  • ‘Advanced’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four advanced units from a full degree. This is a great strategy for staying current in your field, or advancing your knowledge.
  • ‘Critical Content’ Bespoke Course: choose two, three or four units from any of the available units in a degree to create a Critical Content Bespoke Course. This option lets you get the knowledge you need without the time and cost of a full degree.
  • ‘Mix and Match’ Bespoke Course: combine two, three or four units from different degrees and disciplines to design your mix and match Bespoke Course. This option lets you diversify your knowledge.

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Where studying International Studies can take you

Undertaking a course in International Studies can help future proof your career in:

  • the defence forces
  • environmental and/or human rights advocacy
  • intelligence agencies and international diplomacy
  • international commerce
  • public policy making and advice
  • overseas development assistance
  • postgraduate studies and academia.

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