Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)


  • Program code: BH049
  • Campus: City campus

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This one year program is designed to develop the skills of cultural innovators and critically reflective 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 Honours program will enhance your sense of professional identity and widen your learning horizons through exposure to a range of professional and research practice.

Honours programs are a traditional pathway to an academic research career and PhD, directly to professional research outside the education sector, and in some areas is a prerequisite for graduate employment.

You’ll engage with the academic world of global studies by joining a network of talented students, developing fresh insights into international issues through deeper analysis.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

This program 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.

All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Assessment activities may incorporate written, oral, group and online components.

Program structure

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.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


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.

You will also be able to engage in professional and academic research and enter debates on related issues and processes within the international sector. In addition, you will have informed specialist knowledge in your chosen thesis area.

Past graduates of the program have continued on to higher degrees by research and professional employment in a range of organisations with international orientations, including government, businesses, non-government organisations and community organisations both in Australia and overseas.


  • international educator
  • international aid worker
  • international development worker
  • international policy adviser
  • foreign affairs officer
  • social researcher
  • international political analyst
  • journalist
  • international business manager.

Global opportunities

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or its equivalent in a broadly related field.



Selection tasks


How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact details

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330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Dr Peter Phipps
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.