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From instability in the Middle East, to the rising occurrences of computer hacking or global warming and its impact on human populations, there is a whole range of global security challenges that government, business and international organisations are facing today. If you're interested in issues of strategic importance to Australia, addressing how political ends and military means interact, understanding the origins, applications and implications of war and other forms of organised violence, this security studies program is for you.

The Bachelor of International Security Studies (3 years full-time, part-time equivalent) will develop your analytical skills and understanding and knowledge of the security challenges facing our world with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. You will delve into the contemporary security threats facing nations, international organisations and businesses around the world. This includes the threat of military power, civil war, terrorism, cybercrime, environmental degradation and food security. 

If you dream of a career in international relations with the United Nations or picture yourself working in foreign affairs for government, or even an intelligence agency, this degree is exactly what you are looking for.

You’ll be taught by internationally-renowned experts and graduate with a highly-regarded qualification that will open doors to a successful career.

The Bachelor of International Security Studies gives you the practical skills and knowledge that will set you apart as a leader.

Recent graduates of security studies are working with organisations such as the Attorney-General's Department, Department of Defence, Department of Home Affairs, United Nations, Telstra, Boeing, the Australian Federal Police, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Graduates from this degree can expect to find themselves working in a range of fields including:

  • Business analysts
  • Defence policy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Intelligence agencies
  • Journalism

The learning experience

The Bachelor of International Security Studies allows you to choose from a range of unique and relevant subjects, including International Terrorism, Nuclear Politics in Asia, Natural Resource Conflicts and many more.

This program is offered by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australia’s foremost centre for strategic and security studies. You will learn from world-renowned scholars at The Australian National University (ANU), many of whom are former diplomats, journalists and policymakers so you gain strong research skills with the added advantage of practical know-how.

Studying at ANU gives you proximity to federal government, embassies and international agencies based in Canberra, providing you access to the engine room of international affairs and security policy.

The Bachelor of International Security Studies gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Asia-Pacific region with dedicated in-country study programs. These programs are offered in a number of countries and range in length from a two weeks to six months. This program also allows you to study a language


The Australian National University (ANU) offers a wide range of scholarships to students to Assist with the cost of their studies

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.