Global Studies - A2001

Make the changes you want to see in the world. With the Bachelor of Global Studies, you’ll be able to analyse and break down global challenges, and formulate innovative solutions. This course has been designed for students who want to apply their knowledge and lead social change.

You will be able to expand your learning through one of four specialisations:

  • Cultural competence
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Human rights

Integral to the course is a compulsory overseas study component – you have a huge range of countries and international opportunities to choose from through the Global Immersion Guarantee, study tours, or by studying at one of our prestigious partner universities.

The overseas study will give you a more thorough understanding of current challenges facing the global community, and you will develop outstanding skills as a leader and communicator. This will place you in an exceptional position to pursue a career in fields such as politics and government, the environmental sector, international development, foreign affairs, international relations, trade, defence or with non-government organisations (NGOs).

There's also the opportunity to take an internship in a professional working environment. The combination of academic and on-site learning will equip you with skills demanded in the rapidly shifting global environment, such as creativity, communication, cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking and teamwork.

The Bachelor of Global Studies will give you a rich understanding of the interplay of local, regional and global forces. It will equip you with sharp analytical abilities and the ability to communicate flexible, imaginative and well-informed disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. These together will enhance your capacity to lead social change.

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At a glance

Subject prerequisites
English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 3 years (full time)
  • 6 years (part time)
Start date
First semester (February)
Course Handbook

This course has a number of exciting features that set it apart:

  • Core units focussing on leadership development
  • Broad range of multidisciplinary electives
  • Overseas study component
  • Global Scholars Program, challenging you to engage with your international experience, to step outside and reflect on the people and culture of your chosen destination. There are 30 x $3000 scholarships available
  • Choice of four specialisations: International Relations, Human Rights, International Studies, and Cultural Competence
  • Option of a double degree with Commerce, Science, Technology or Law
  • Underpinning this is a focus on the practical application of knowledge and skills to real life scenarios, which could take the form of an internship or a research project.

High achieving students in the Bachelor of Global Studies may have the opportunity to transition into one of our Masters degrees in the third year of study. Learn more about Bachelor/Masters degrees.

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Where could this degree take you?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Global Studies can move into a wide variety of careers including:

  • Politics and government
  • International development
  • The environmental sector
  • Priya's career journey

    Priya Serrao always had a passion for global affairs. Hear how her Global Studies degree set her up for a career as a Policy Advisor at the Australian Government.

    Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

    Take advantage of the most extensive bachelor’s/master’s program offering in Australia. Monash Arts offers you the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s degree plus a master’s degree in just four years – instead of five.

    Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG)

    GIG is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash single or double degree students to one of six destinations.

    Take your education global

    Hear from Dr Susan Carland, Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies, and current students about how studying overseas will transform your uni experience. Check out their adventures in Borneo!

    Travel scholarships

    Opportunities for receiving financial support for the international travel aspect of the course, and to develop your mentoring and leadership skills, are available through the 'Global Scholars Program'.

    Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

    You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.


    Equivalent Australian Year 12

    Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

    For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

    English requirements

    Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

    University entrance requirements

    Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

    The course develops through two themes, which will provide you with interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the key challenges facing the global community and in-depth expertise in a specialised area of study to enable you to effect change.

    Partner with another course

    Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

    Making the application

    Future students

    Semester one (February)

    Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

    Apply through VTAC

    Current Monash students

    You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

    Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

    Self assess for credit eligibility

    Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


    Fees are subject to change annually.

    Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

    The average annual student contribution amount is:


    Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

    Fee assistance

    As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

    Full fee

    Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



    We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

    Other fees

    The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.