University of Technology Sydney

C09160v1 Bachelor of Science Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

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Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (BIntSt(Hon))

CRICOS code: 106916H
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. check with the UTS Student Centre.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The Bachelor of Science Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is an exit-point for students who have completed the International Honours pathway within the Bachelor of Science Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (C10243).

The Bachelor of Science Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is a combined degree in the sciences, language and culture. In the science component, students may select any one of the nine different majors leading to the award of a science degree with the chosen major. Students can also opt not to choose a major but select a range of science subjects to tailor their study according to their interests.

In the fourth year of the combined degree, International Honours students spend an academic year studying in the local language at a university in the country of their major and also complete an honours level research project under the supervision of a relevant UTS academic.

Entry to the International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors.

Students develop practical scientific and mathematical skills with an international dimension. International study is unique allowing students to gain qualifications in language and cultural awareness for a country of their choice. This added dimension expands students’ career opportunities and employability in the global workplace.

Course aims

The Bachelor of Science Bachelor of International Studies is aimed at increasing students' awareness of international contexts and producing graduates who are well prepared for professional careers in science in an international setting.

Career options

Career options include those listed for the single Bachelor of Science (C10242) degree. The international perspective provided by the international studies component enhances global opportunities.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Demonstrate knowledge of discipline relevant topics
1.2 Analyse: Explain the basic applications of discipline knowledge within context
1.3 Synthesise: Integrate discipline knowledge and apply it to key processes
2.1 Apply: Investigate effective application of experimental design and sampling for hypothesis testing
2.2 Analyse: Develop critical thinking skills including critiquing, interpreting and questioning scientific evidence
2.3 Synthesise: Apply the scientific method to real world problems and evaluate experimental outcomes
3.1 Apply: Participate in team based data collection, recording and management, with an understanding of ethical limitations
3.2 Analyse: Use an appropriate range of techniques to investigate data and test hypotheses within the context of the workplace
3.3 Synthesise: Explain the impact and role of science in addressing current and future challenges within the context of the workplace or wider community
4.1 Apply: Develop tools and aptitudes that create flexible and adaptive approaches to learning within a discipline context
4.2 Analyse: Source and reflect on multiple sources of information to develop innovative solutions to real world problems
4.3 Synthesise: Understand and utilise the breadth and interrelationship of disciplines in creative problem solving
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with peer and professional colleagues
5.2 Analyse: Identify and practice appropriate communication approaches using a variety of methods and media
5.3 Synthesise: Create effective communication protocols to convey appropriate scientific information to a range of audiences
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to science
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.2.1 Conduct a major independent applied research project using advanced theoretical and specialised knowledge into international aspects of contemporary societies and cultures.
INT.2.2 Evaluate critically research findings and creatively use applied research methods to understand complex problems.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and internationally.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.


INT = International Studies

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics; English; and at least one science subject.

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 is recommended for those majoring in mathematics/statistics.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full time basis. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

All students must complete 240 credit points of study, comprising 144 credit points relating to the Bachelor of Science and 96 credit points relating to the Bachelor of International Studies. The Bachelor of International studies is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree.

International Studies (96 credit points)

  • Intercultural Communication (8 credit points)
  • International Research Methods (8 credit points)
  • Contemporary Society subject (8 credit points)
  • Language and Culture subjects (32 credit points)
  • International Honours (40 credit points)

Graduation from the science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to completion of the international studies component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Science (C10242) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree.

Overseas study

International Honours students spend a full year at a relevant partner university where they complete an honours level research project.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students studying this course have an opportunity to undertake an internship subject and receive academic credit for their placement off campus (an external business or research institute) or on campus (UTS research institutes or departments), in a capacity relevant to their academic studies.

Course completion requirements

CBK90653 Stream choice 144cp
CBK92058 Country and Language choice (Honours) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and is undertaking the course with the German Language and Culture major, and the International Honours pathway.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, and Pass level.

The calculation of the Honours level is based upon the 48 credit points of study completed in the UTS subjects 999781 International Research Methods, In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1 and In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2, all completed while students are overseas on In-country Study.


A Bachelor of Science (Honours) is available in all disciplines as an additional year to meritorious students.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222