Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July  (Trimester2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$18,000* - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359

artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

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

Deputy Director

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

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

CRICOS course code084542G
Deakin course code A723

New course version commencing 2015.

Note:

Trimester 3 2014 commencing students to refer to 2014 course version.

Domestic students

International students

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 issues of both historical and contemporary issues as well as developments in world politics. Students develop skills in policy analysis, systematic understanding of the threats to peace and security, and global forces shaping political, social and economic life.

Links with other social science and humanities studies at Deakin offer relevant electives to augment specialisations, such as genocide history, gender and development, and global media units.

The program also offers optional postgraduate internships, allowing you an opportunity to gain experience overseas.

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.

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.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit 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 services. 

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.

Course rules

To be awarded a Master of Arts (International Relations) a student must successfully complete 16 credit points comprising:

  • 7 core units
  • 9 cp of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations

Option 1

2 cp of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)

4 cp independent research project (AIX702 Dissertation A, AIX703 Dissertation B)

3 cp of electives

Option 2

2 cp of research training (AIX706 Research Design, one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)

2 cp independent research project (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)

5 cp of electives

Option 3

1 cp research training (AIX706 Research Design)

1 cp independent research project (AIX707 Research Project)

7 cp of electives

Course structure

Core units

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR742International Relations Theory

AIR747Contemporary International Politics

AIR748Contemporary Security and Strategy

AIR707Global Governance

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

AIR728Global Political Economy

Research units

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX701Research Project

Elective units

AIR701China and the World

AIR706Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

AIR712Australian Foreign Policy

AIR717International Conflict Analysis

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

ACM701Global Media and War

AIR790International Relations Internship

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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.

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

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. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)
Graduate Diploma of International Relations (A613)
 

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