Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for international students

Year

2016 course information

Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Next available intake

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

* Trimester 3 Cloud (online) only

Indicative annual fee 2016$25,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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

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.

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.

* 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 2015, 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 2015 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. 

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

  • 6 credit points of research project units (AIX706; AIX707 or AIX708; AIX702 (2cps); AIX703 (2cps))
  • 6 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations

Option 2

  • 4 credit points of research units (AIX704; AIX705; AIX706; AIX707 or AIX708)
  • 8 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations

Option 3

  • 2 credit point of research units (AIX701 and AIX706) 
  • 10 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations

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 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

 

Options 1, 2 & 3

Option 1 

AIX702Dissertation A (2 credit points)

AIX703Dissertation B (2 credit points)

AIX706Research Design

Plus either 

AIX707Qualitative Research

or 

AIX708Quantitative Research

Plus 6 electives chosen from the specialisations 

Option 2 

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX706Research Design

Plus either 

AIX707Qualitative Research

or 

AIX708Quantitative Research

Plus 8 electives chosen from the specialisations 

Option 3 

AIX706Research Design

AIX701Research Project

Plus 10 electives chosen from the specialisations 

 

 

Course Map

Course map

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)