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What will I learn?

As the world becomes more interconnected and traditional alliances shift and fragment, Australia’s political institutions come under greater pressure. The Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Relations) will teach you about Australia’s political history, its decision making procedures and how we operate on the international stage.

Why study this degree?

The study of Australian politics and international relations is a valuable training for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in politics, diplomacy, journalism and governmental policy making. Here at The University of Notre Dame Australia we believe it is extremely important to cover the wide range of issues that you might encounter in your career. This includes the exploration of issues such as terrorism, climate change, the global economy, media and politics and Australia’s foreign policy.

This three-year degree is neatly divided into three main streams: Australian Politics, International Relations and Political Theory. While all students acquire a thorough knowledge of Australia’s political institutions in Year One, you will have the opportunity to pursue more specialist topics in Years Two and Three, with options including US Foreign Policy, The Middle East, Terrorism and Intelligence and Australian Foreign Policy.

Upon graduation you will have a sophisticated understanding of both Australian politics and the world of international diplomacy. Furthermore the superior research, analytical and communication skills you will have accrued during the program will put you in good stead in the workplace.

Fremantle Campus:

The Politics & International Relations Major provides an in-depth introduction to Australia’s political history, its decision-making procedures and how we operate on the international stage. You will also learn about the domestic and international events that have shaped the past 100 years.

In today’s world, there is a growing demand for people who are well informed about local and international politics and who possess the skills to meet the challenges presented by globalisation. This Major will give you the ability to think critically, conduct research thoroughly and communicate effectively.

Career opportunities

The transferable skills from this Major are sought after by many employers. Career opportunities include: diplomatic service officer, Member of Parliament, electorate officer, political campaign assistant, social research officer, public affairs consultant, media advisor, human rights worker, intelligence analyst, public service officer, social media manager, aid worker/humanitarian worker and policy analyst.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,77,802) per year
Start date

25 July 2022


Sydney Campus

140 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,77,802) per year
Start date

25 July 2022


The University of Notre Dame Australia

Fremantle Campus,

19 Mouat Street,


Western Australia,

6959, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants with recent Secondary Education must have a minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.

For international students

Applicants must meet High school qualifications (or equivalent) to apply for undergraduate program. Academic minimum entry requirements for international applicants vary from country to country.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, with no individual band score lower than 6.0; CAE/CPE - 176 overall, with no individual band score lower than 169; PTE Academic - 58 overall, with no individual band score lower than 50; TOEFL (iBT) - 84 overall, with no score lower than 21 in writing and no other band score lower than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.