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BA (Hons) in International Relations


3 Years

Degree Award:



24th September 2019
19th November 2019

The BA (Hons) in International Relations aims to produce graduates who are reflective and critical learners, with a global perspective. This programme is specifically designed to provide students with:

  • Familiarity with a broad range of theoretical and conceptual framework of international relations and how they are applied.
  • Exposure to global political, economy and sustainability issues and to provide solutions through critical debate.
  • Practical and academic skills which include independent judgement, self-reflection, effective communication and an ability to work in teams and with diverse stakeholders

Admission Requirements:

  • 2 Principal Passes at STPM level and with 4 Credit Passes at SPM; or
  • 2 Passes at ‘A’ Levels; or
  • The APIIT/APU Foundation or equivalent with CGPA of 2.0; or
  • 5 Grade B's in UEC; or
  • Canadian Pre-University (CPU) with minimum average of 50%; or
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) with minimum average of 60%; or
  • South Australian Matriculation Certificate (SAM) with minimum of 60%; or
  • International Baccalaureate with minimum 24 marks;
  • Victorian Certificate of Education with minimum average of 50%;
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma with minimum average of 50%; or
  • A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

What you will study


Core modules in Year 1 will equip students with knowledge and understanding of the historical development, and theoretical and conceptual framework of international relations as a discipline. In addition, students will also be exposed to political ideologies, issues in world politics, the impact of major revolutions as well as the global development of sustainability.

Common Modules

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Malaysia and the World
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Film Studies and International Relations
  • Introduction to Globalisation 4.0
  • Revolutions, Popular Uprising and Social Movement in World Politics
  • Global Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Politics

In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.


Students will be exposed to the role of international organisations, the inequality in global economy, role of small power in politics and environmental policies. Basically, Year 2 provides a broad overview of the major political issues, forces, developments and key controversies in the region using both academic sources and official documents. Students will also be introduced to analytical skills of comparison and develop familiarity and competence in using the skills to inform their understanding in both written and oral presentation.

Common Modules

  • Key Theories of International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • International Political Economy
  • ASEAN Regionalism
  • Themes and Debates of International Relations Theory
  • Small Power Politics
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation & Regulation
  • Research Methods in International Relations


Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.


Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to extend their familiarity in the field of international relations and to refine their personal and professional development. A final year project requires them to investigate and provide solutions for a real world problem – they will demonstrate their ability to combine international relations knowledge, critical thinking and analytical skills to produce a personal achievement portfolio.

Common Modules

  • International Security
  • Global Diplomacy
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Investigations Module
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Refugees and Immigrants
  • Sustainable Development Policy and Issues
  • Project Module

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)

Career Options

  • Diplomat
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Military officer
  • Political analyst
  • Communication specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Politician
  • NGO worker
  • Activist
  • Social worker
  • International Organisation Officer
  • Multinational Corporation Executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • Reporter

Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 26,700
Year 2: RM28,200 
Year 3: RM 29,400 
Total: RM 84,300 

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

(N/313/6/0040) (05/24) (MQA/PA11805)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.