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Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

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

*Trimester 3 not available to campus enrolled international students

Indicative annual fee 2015No fees defined
CRICOS course code039171D
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code A726
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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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.

 

Specialisations are available in Asia-Pacific Regional Politics, Conflict and Security, International History and Human Rights and International Law. 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.

 

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Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

 

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

 

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

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.

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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 qualify for the award of Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising:

  • 2 credit points of compulsory core units; and
  • 10 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units listed below


A 2-credit-point research project is an option in the final trimester of study for those students with a credit or higher average in their coursework units.

 

The dissertation component (AIX702 and AIX703) provides a research pathway for students to apply for entry to PhD.

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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 Politics
Conflict and Security
Human Rights and International Law
International Political Economy and Global Governance

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Course structure

Core units


Trimester 1

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics  


Trimester 2

AIR742 International Relations Theory  


Electives


Trimester 1

AIR712 Australian Foreign Policy  

AIR717 International Conflict Analysis  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

AIR728 Global Political Economy  

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  


Trimester 2

AIR701 China and the World  

AIR706 Political Economy of the Asia Pacific  

AIR707 Global Governance  

AIR729 Human Security in Global Politics  

AIR748 Contemporary Security and Strategy  

AIR749 Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  

ACM701 Global Media and War  

AIR754 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Control  

 

Trimester 3

AIR732 Terrorism in International Politics  

AIR753 Regionalism in International Politics  

 

Trimester 1, trimester 2 or trimester 3

AIR718 Research Project (International Relations)  (2 credit points)

AIR790 International Relations Internship  (2 credit points)

Or for students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway:

AIX702 Dissertation A  

AIX703 Dissertation B  

 

Note: AIR790 - Students must seek advice about internship procedures from the Unit Chair prior to enrolling in this unit. 


Additional elective units

MPE707 International Banking and Finance  

MPE711 Global Trade and Markets  

MPT781/MPE781 Economics for Managers  

MPM735 International Business Management  



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Entry requirements - general

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should hold a pass degree with a major in a relevant discipline, from an approved tertiary institution; or an equivalent qualification and relevant work experienced of one year is preferred.

 

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)

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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.

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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

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Alternate exits

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

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