Graduate Diploma of International Relations

Course summary for international students

Year

2017 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of International Relations
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$24,960 for 1 yr full-time AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code A613
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Faculty contacts

Deakin International

Tel +61 3 9627 4877

Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Develop a systematic understanding of the international forces that shape our environment, as well as the skills to analyse and interpret international events. Study international relations at Deakin and be ready to further your professional aspirations within foreign affairs, politics, research, and media.

The forces of globalisation are generating profound effects on many spheres of economic, social and political activity. As such, a deeper knowledge of international relations is becoming necessary in many areas of public life.

Deakin’s international relations courses are professional development programs providing relevant and respected postgraduate qualifications for those who work, or aspire to work, in the public service, commercial organisations, humanitarian organisations, and the not-for-profit sector.

The Graduate Diploma of International Relations (IR) aims to provide you with high-level skills in analysis and interpretation of global issues and events, plus an understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations. You’ll get a broad view of the world’s various political, economic and social landscapes, and an understanding of the often delicate relationships that exist between them.

You’ll choose from electives that explore topical subjects such as the rise of China, terrorism in international politics, global political economy, and Australian foreign policy.

Career opportunities for IR 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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Use advanced and specialised knowledge of International relations to review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual and policy debates and disputes in International Relations pertaining to foreign policy, conflict and security, international and regional politics, globalisation, and international law with reference to empirical cases. 

Communication

Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of International Relations theories, concepts and their application to real-world contexts, in a selection of written, oral and digital formats, to a range of audiences. 

Digital literacy

Employ a range of digital communication technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in debate, communicate findings, and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences.  

Critical thinking

Analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise theoretical conceptualisations of international politics and policy responses by a range of actors in the context of the changing international political system.  

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with appropriate Social Science methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real-world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in the areas of conflict and security, globalization, international crises and risks, foreign policy and international law.  

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of International Relations.  

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of International Relations and from other backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning. 

Global citizenship

Analyse and respond to issues in global politics in domestic, regional and international contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into account cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and academic ethical standards. 

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

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

AIR748Security and Strategy

Elective Units

Select 4 from the following: 

AIR720Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR701China and the World

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR726Human Rights in World Politics

AIR728Global Political Economy

AIR732Terrorism in International Politics

Course Map

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

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 deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)