Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code A723

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.

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:

  • 4 core units 
  • 12 credit points of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations:

Option 1

  • 2 credit points of research training units  - AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708
  • 4 credit points independent research project units - AIX702 (2cps) and AIX703 (2cps)
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2

  • 2 credit points of research training units  - AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708
  • 2 credit points independent research project units - AIX704 and AIX705
  • 8 credit points of electives

Option 3

  • 1 credit point research training unit - AIX706 
  • 1 credit point independent research project unit AIX701 
  • 10 credit points of electives


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 Dynamics

Conflict and Security

Human Rights and International Law

International Political Economy and Global Governance

Transnational Activism and Civil Society

Course structure

Core units

AIR707The United Nations and International Organisation

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

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

Elective units

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

AIR720Transnational Activism and Governance

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

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

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

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