Global Studies - A2001

Make the changes you want to see in the world. With the Bachelor of Global Studies, you’ll learn how to critically analyse the global challenges facing cultures and communities, and develop innovative solutions. Led by an Industry Advisory Board and academic experts, and offering a big range of internship opportunities, this course will equip you with the skills to lead positive social change and excel in a competitive job market. This three-year degree will equip you for diverse careers in business, community, government, foreign affairs, global politics or wherever your interests may lead.

What is a Bachelor of Global Studies?

The Monash Bachelor of Global Studies is a unique course tackling the most important challenges that the world’s communities face including: climate change; peace and conflict; the rich-poor gap; and crime and justice. Global studies is an interdisciplinary field drawing on politics, economics, sociology, history, medicine and science. You will apply your knowledge and skills to real life scenarios through leadership, culture and globalisation core units; an overseas study component; and a choice of four specialisations: Cultural Competence, Human Rights, International Relations, and International Studies.

Why choose Global Studies at Monash?

As Australia’s largest international university and one of the world’s top 1% universities, Monash is the perfect foundation for your global studies degree. The Bachelor of Global Studies is a member of the Global Studies Consortium, and with over 160 partner institutions in over 30 countries, we provide the vital programs needed to apply your skills locally and abroad. As a Monash student, you will also be supported by our network of world-renowned academics and the Global Studies Industry Advisory Board who will help to guide your interests and passions into a future-proof professional pathway.

Maximum choice and flexibility

Curate your degree according to your career choice with a choice of four specialisations, a big range of double degrees and electives, and the opportunity to fast track to a higher qualification with a bachelor and master’s degree.

Gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in one or more areas of global studies and graduate with specialised skills and solutions by choosing one of four specialisations:

  • Cultural Competence: Learn how to work and communicate effectively across cultures. Study one of eight European and Asian languages offering beginner to proficient levels.
  • Human Rights: Explore the history and the nature of human rights, and discover who decides how they are defined and justified by looking at pressing contemporary issues.
  • International Relations: Discover how contemporary global challenges are understood and addressed by political actors, from nation states to global social movements.
  • International Studies: Examine the interaction of society, economy and politics across national boundaries. Learn how communities respond to globalisation, migration, poverty, climate change, and popular culture.

Monash’s Bachelor of Global Studies can be completed on its own or combined with another discipline like commerce, science, law or technology in a double degree. Another option is to use your free electives to gain in-depth knowledge from another global studies specialisation or units from science, technology, business or arts. You can also fast track to a higher qualification with a combined Bachelor and Master’s degree in just four years giving you an even greater edge in the job market.

Leadership for social change

Our “Leadership, culture and globalisation” units are offered exclusively to Bachelor of Global Studies students and are taken over all three years of the degree. You’ll learn about forms of leadership and drivers of social change. You will put theory in practice through case studies covering indigeneity, mass atrocities, radicalisation, the refugee crisis, and youth in conflict. Classes are mainly workshops where you’ll engage in problem-based learning and develop skills in creativity, teamwork, cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, self-learning and analytical writing. And the units are progressively hands-on, so by third year you will work with industry and not for profit organisations to have a positive impact in the community.

Truly global education

Integral to this course is international study that can be completed across a full semester or taken intensively. You could take units offered at a Monash international location, join in one of our many study tours, or study at one of our prestigious partner universities across the world. It’s a requirement to take at least three international study units, but you can take more if you want. All Monash Arts degrees include the award winning Global Immersion program (GIG) – an opportunity to spend two weeks studying in China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or The Pacific Islands, with airfares and accommodation covered as part of your degree.

Scholarships and grants

Take advantage of our Global Scholars Program which offers 15 x $3000 scholarships to support extended overseas study, and is only available to Bachelor of Global Studies students. The program challenges you to engage with your international experience, to step outside and reflect on the people and culture of your chosen destination. Monash also offers you many other scholarships and grants to make it easy for you to study abroad.

Industry Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is made up of international industry experts with direct links to business, social enterprise, government, international development, medicine and science. Our current Board members are: Maithri Goonetilleke (Board Chair, Associate Professor in Global Health at Monash University);  Ridwaan Jadwat (Australia’s Special Envoy to the OIC, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade); Oliver Percovich (Founder of Skateistan); Victor Finkel (Partner - McKinsey & Company); Asika Pelenda (Paediatrician) and Anthea Moisi (Consultant at CSIRO Futures).

Career focussed internships

All Monash students have access to a dedicated Work Integrated Learning team which will support you to find the internships that interest you and which relate to your degree and your career aspirations. In the past Bachelor of Global studies students have interned with such businesses and organisations as: Asialink (Chancellery International), Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, British Consulate General Melbourne, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, and Project Respect.

Jobs with a Global Studies degree?

Our graduates are highly competitive in the workforce and have gone on to pursue a range of careers including positions within politics and government, international development, human rights and the environmental sector, health and community services, retail, banking & financial services, and media and communications.

Graduate employers include: World Vision; Brotherhood of St Laurence; NorthWestern Mental Health; Australian Red Cross; Global Compact Network Australia; Secours populaire français; Flourish Girl; Royal Thai Consulate General Melbourne; Department of Defence; Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; Department of Social Services (DSS); Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions; Parliament of Australia; Telstra; Optus; NAB; ANZ; Coles Group; Myer; Woolworths Group; Berlitz Japan; The Social CliQ; Accenture.

The Monash Bachelor of Global Studies prepares you for the careers of the future. Our graduates are securing newly emerging jobs like ‘Ethical Sourcing Officer’ and ‘Global Content Curator’. Find out more about potential careers in government, business, not-for-profit, and communication from our Bachelor of Global Studies graduates.

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

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

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A2001.


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)


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.