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Graduate Certificate of International Relations

Course summary for local students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of International Relations
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2014$17,480/0.5 EFTSL-$8740* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9244 6007

or 03 9251 7071 


Course Directors

Burwood (Melbourne):

Dean Coldicott, +61 3 924 46226, dean.coldicott@deakin.edu.au


Cloud (online):

Craig Snyder, +61 3 522 72244, craig.snyder@deakin.edu.au


Contact the Course Directors for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

CRICOS course code039172C
Deakin course code A513

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The forces of globalisation are generating profound effects on many spheres of economic, social and political activity, and a deeper knowledge of international relations is becoming necessary in many areas of public life. The International Relations program aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate, in their professional life, high-level skills of analysis and interpretation of global issues and events, and substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations.  The program is offered at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels to meet a variety of needs in terms of entry qualifications and graduation options.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/fees/.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

The program is designed for those working in the public service, private sector corporations and small business, non-government organisations and in a range of professions who seek to develop systematic understandings of the international forces shaping their environment and enhance their skills in analysis and interpretation.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of International Relations, a student must successfully complete 4 credit points of study from the specified list of units below. 

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Course structure

Trimester 1

AIR712 Australian Foreign Policy  

AIR717 International Conflict Analysis  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics  

AIR728 Global Political Economy  

Trimester 2

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics  

AIR748 Contemporary Security and Strategy  

AIR707 Global Governance  

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Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

An applicant for entry to candidature for the Graduate Certificate of International Relations shall normally possess a Bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent.


Graduate Certificate applicants without a first degree but with relevant professional experience and appropriate prior learning will be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of International Relations and on successful completion be eligible to transfer to the Graduate Diploma or Masters coursework programs with full credit for the units completed.
Non-graduates holding professional military qualifications and seeking credit transfer and recognition with work experience of five years may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate of International Relations as Deakin University recognises some service education programs as appropriate and in some cases equivalent to undergraduate study. Overseas professional military qualifications will be assessed accordingly. For Australian Defence Force Officers this equates to the normal training and education of General Service (Army) or Direct Entry (Air Force or Navy) Officers up to and including completion of the Intermediate Staff Course in the Army, the Junior Officers Management Course and the Junior Officers Strategic Studies Course in the Royal Australian Navy and the Squadron Leader Course and the Staff Skills 1 course in the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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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.

The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters course in International Relations comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of International Relations will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of International Relations or the Master of Arts (International Relations) with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of International Relations or equivalent will lead to entry into the Master of Arts (International Relations) with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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