Graduate Diploma of International Relations

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of International Relations

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016No fees defined
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A613
Faculty contacts

Deakin International

Tel +61 3 9627 4877

Online enquiry

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.

Fees and charges

Course rules

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma of International Relations, a student must successfully complete:

  • 4 credit points of core units 
  • 4 credit points of study of elective units

Course structure

Core units

AIR707The United Nations and International Organisation

AIR742International Relations Theory

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

Elective Units

Select 4 from the following: 

AIR720Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR701China and the World

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics



Course map 

Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate of Creative Arts, applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • Bachelor degree in any discipline area; or 5 years relevant professional experience within the last 10 years.

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.

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

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.

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

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)