Bachelor of Global Studies

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 106465H

Level of study: Bachelor’s Degrees


La Trobe's Bachelor of Global Studies gives you a strong grounding in the issues facing key regions and countries around the world. We've designed this degree to introduce you to global problems and their policy responses, so you'll develop the knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges of the future.

Study core subjects examining the history of international relations and geopolitics, contemporary security issues – such as American power, the rise of China, contemporary armed conflict and terrorism – and the emerging challenges of human and environmental security.

Look at international cooperation and conflict. Analyse the dynamics of power, sovereignty and security, exploring transformational changes in 21st century international relations. Investigate the powerful role of international law – including humanitarian, environmental and refugee law.

Whatever your ambition, tailor your degree with specially curated majors and minors that allow you to explore the geopolitical and humanitarian forces shaping our world. Choose from international relations, human rights, conflict and negotiation, Asian politics and security, and government and policy. You can also broaden your career opportunities with a range of optional second majors and double majors.

Global experiences are a vital part of global studies. Get out of the classroom and into the real world with a study experience at one of our overseas partner universities and build both your skills and your professional network. You'll also have the opportunity to do an internship, either in Australia or overseas, that's tailored to your career goals.*

You'll learn:

Global issues and organisations

Explore the complex systems, structures, laws and practices that shape global issues. Broaden your understanding and consider a range of political, social, legal and cultural perspectives.

Problem solving and critical thinking

Learn how to identify and analyse international and global problems and formulate responses to them.

Theory and practice of politics

Build your understanding of political systems, actors and processes. Understand how they work at a local, national and global level.

Grassroots development and sustainability

Explore how global decisions can impact individual communities and the environments we all depend on.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career outcomes

After graduation, you'll have the skills and experience to pursue roles in government, inter-governmental agencies and international organisations.

You could build a career in fields including:

Foreign affairs

Take a lead role in government relations working with foreign governments, organisations and businesses in a regional and global context.

International trade

Apply a global perspective to support businesses to operate across borders while navigating different cultures and regulatory systems.

Policy analyst

Guide public policy by playing an important role in the creation, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations.

Humanitarian support

Support local communities to improve their wellbeing and access to services and basic human necessities.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
32,800 Per Year 31 Jul 2023 3 years
Read more3 years full-time; 3 years accelerated

Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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