Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
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 program will enhance your sense of professional identity and widen your learning horizons through exposure to research practice.
Many graduates continue on to develop an academic research career though further Master and PhD studies. Employers value an honours degree because it demonstrates higher-order research, analysis and writing skills.
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 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.
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
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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.
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
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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. 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 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
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 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-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 will 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 2018 is $298.
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.