Master of Arts (International Relations)

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
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Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$25,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code084542G
IELTS Requirement

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A723
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
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Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Master of Arts (International Relations) aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate high-level skills of theoretical and empirical analysis and interpretation of global issues and events. In addition the course will give you a substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations.

The program is designed for those working in areas such as the public service, private sector corporations, small businesses and non-government organisations who want to develop systematic understanding of the international forces shaping their environment, and enhance their skills in analysis and interpretation.

The program provides the opportunity to examine key contemporary issues and developments in the Asia Pacific region and globally. Students develop skills in policy analysis, systematic understanding of the threats to peace and security, and global forces shaping political, social and economic life.

The program also offers optional postgraduate internships, allowing you an opportunity to gain experience overseas.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities for international relations graduates exist in all levels of government, private sector corporations and small business, non-government organisations, the media, consultancy, the defence forces, foreign affairs departments, immigration departments, management consultancies, multicultural associations, education, health, politics and research.

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Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Arts (International Relations) a student must successfully complete 16 credit points comprising:

  • 7 core units
  • 9 credit points of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations

Option 1

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 4 credit points independent research project (AIX702 Dissertation A, AIX703 Dissertation B)
  • 3 credit points of electives

Option 2

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
  • 2 credit points independent research project (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)
  • 5 credit points of electives

Option 3

  • 1 credit point research training (AIX706 Research Design)
  • 1 credit point independent research project (AIX707 Research Project)
  • 7 credit points of electives

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

To qualify for a specialisation within the Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from within that specialisation.  Students who complete a specialisation of four (4) credit points will have the specialisation indicated on their academic transcript.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics
Conflict and Security
Human Rights and International Law
International Political Economy and Global Governance

Course structure

Core units

AIR707Global Governance

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR742International Relations Theory

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

Research units

AIX701Research Project

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX706Research Design - Please Delete This Version

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

Elective units

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR729Human Security in Global Politics

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

AIR749Security in the Asia-Pacific Region

AIR753Regionalism in International Politics

AIR754Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control

AIR790International Relations Internship

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Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

Students will be required to undertake 16 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • A bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; OR
  • Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 12 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 8 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a relevant graduate certificate OR an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; OR
  • A postgraduate diploma in a cognate discipline.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)
Graduate Diploma of International Relations (A613)