Master of Arts (International Relations)
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Arts (International Relations)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||2 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|
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
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|CRICOS course code||084542G|
|Deakin course code||A723|
New course commencing 2015.
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
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
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 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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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
- 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, plus one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
- 4 credit points independent research project (AIX702 Dissertation A, AIX703 Dissertation B)
- 3 credit points of electives
- 2 credit points of research training (AIX706 Research Design, one of AIX707 Qualitative Research or AIX708 Quantitative Research)
- 2 credit points independent research project (AIX704 Research Paper A and AIX705 Research Paper B)
- 5 credit points of electives
- 1 credit point research training (AIX706 Research Design)
- 1 credit point independent research project (AIX707 Research Project)
- 7 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 Politics
Conflict and Security
Human Rights and International Law
International Political Economy and Global Governance
|AIR719||The United Nations and International Law|
|AIR742||International Relations Theory|
|AIR747||Contemporary International Politics|
|AIR748||Contemporary Security and Strategy|
|AIR726||Human Rights in the International System|
|AIR728||Global Political Economy|
|AIX704||Research Paper A|
|AIX705||Research Paper B|
|AIR701||China and the World|
|AIR706||Political Economy of the Asia Pacific|
|AIR712||Australian Foreign Policy|
|AIR717||International Conflict Analysis|
|AIR729||Human Security in Global Politics|
|AIR732||Terrorism in International Politics|
|AIR749||Security in the Asia-Pacific Region|
|AIR753||Regionalism in International Politics|
|AIR754||Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control|
|ACM701||Global Media and War|
|AIR790||International Relations Internship|
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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.
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
|Graduate Certificate of International Relations (A513)|
|Graduate Diploma of International Relations (A613)|