Qualification Level



3 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Take your career global

If you’re interested in foreign affairs, trade and international business then Swinburne’s degree in International Relations and Security could give you the skills to operate at a global level.

During this degree you’ll study the complex issues that surround security, international trade and global diplomacy, you will develop your critical thinking skills and learn how to approach issues from a range of perspectives. 

Graduate with a thorough understanding of domestic and international political issues, and skills that you can apply in both private and government roles anywhere in the world.  

This course is not available to international students.

Career opportunities

International Trade Affairs Officer

Provide assistance and advice on treaties and international law matters.

Policy Advisor

Advise government departments on issues relating to security and foreign affairs.

Risk Analyst

Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.

Defence Career Progression

This degree can help people already working in Defence to advance their degree.

Learning at Swinburne Online

An industry-recognised qualification

The Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and International Relations is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Taught by leading academics, it is recognised by the industry’s government, private and non-profit sectors. And once you graduate, you’ll be in a position to apply for further study, graduate programs or employment in a related field. 

A community of critical thinkers

At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of switched-on students. Like you, each person will bring a unique perspective to discussions. You will work with others on a range of interactive activities, and collaborate with industry professionals on real life case studies. You’ll be supported by experienced tutors, and form valuable networks with those working in the industry.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created a degree that can fit around it. Working to your own schedule, you’ll learn in a live, interactive environment, where you will discuss global issues and analyse real political situations with other like-minded students. Our study groups and discussion boards allow you to share your ideas at any time of the day or night. 

What you will learn

  • International Relations

    Explore the role of the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance.

  • International Politics

    Gain an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics.

  • History, Politics and Human Rights

    Reflect on international framework of Human Rights from an historical and political perspective.

  • Australian Foreign Policy

    Explore Australia’s foreign policy and strategic international security partnerships.

  • War and Peace

    Learn about the evolution of global politics since World War II.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with writing an essay or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

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