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What will I learn?

The BA takes three years to complete if you are studying full time.

You will choose two BA subjects as your two majors (your "double major"). You will take eight courses (120 points) in each major. This includes at least three courses (45 points) at Stage III in each major.

At least half your courses (12 courses or 180 points) must be above Stage I level. The courses for your majors are included in this total.

As well as your majors, you will take elective courses in other subjects. You must study at least three BA subjects (including your majors).

You can choose to take one or two optional modules instead of elective courses. A module is a group of three courses (45 points) that focuses on a specific skill or area of knowledge to benefit or inform future careers.

You will complete two General Education courses. You can also include up to two courses (30 points) from other degree programmes.

In your first year you will probably take eight courses: four in semester one and four in semester two. A typical pattern would be to take two courses in each of three BA subjects, choose one course in a fourth BA subject, and take a General Education course. This gives you an opportunity to explore your interests and discover your strengths.

Politics and International Relations

Study the political structures, processes and relationships that govern our everyday lives, both here in New Zealand and across the globe.

You can study a range of important political problems, from questions about multiculturalism, democracy and climate governance to human rights, conflict and public policy.

Where can Politics and International Relations take you?

Politics and International Relations can give you the tools to be successful in both the public and private sectors. Our graduates have become public servants, politicians, diplomats, entrepreneurs, business and marketing executives, consultants, policy analysts, journalists and members of international and non-governmental organisations.

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Further study options:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Master of Arts

Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies

Master of Indigenous Studies

Master of Public Policy

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$35,453.50 (US$ 25,132) per year
Tuition fee: NZ $32,280 - NZ $38,627 (This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 January 2022, 28 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicant must have secondary school qualification or equivalent. Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

For international students

Secondary school qualifications:

You need to have one of the following:

International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.

General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Taylors College Auckland
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About University of Auckland

University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and leading research university with a global reputation for academic excellence.

  • Among top 100 global universities according to QS Rankings
  • New Zealand’s largest research organisation
  • Outstanding student support and excellent facilities
  • New Zealand’s leading university for entrepreneurship