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Master of Arts (International Relations)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Arts (International Relations)

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and Cloud (Online)

Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Final intake - November (Trimester 3)*

Indicative annual fee 2015No fees defined
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359


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 code039171D
Deakin course code A726

* Pipelining course.




Trimester 1 2015 commencing students to refer to 2015 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.


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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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.

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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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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  


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  (not offered 2015)

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  (not offered 2015)

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.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Arts (International Relations), applicants require a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution or equivalent:

  • a bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; or
  • qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

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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.

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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.


The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters course in International Relations comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of International Relations will lead to entry into either the Graduate Diploma of International Relations or the Master of Arts (International Relations) with up to 4 credit points for credit transfer. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of International Relations will lead to entry into the Master of Arts (International Relations) with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer. For the masters degree, honours graduates may be awarded up to 8 credit points for credit transfer. A special entry category exists for serving Australian Defence Force officers who hold a general degree and who have also passed the Australian Command and Staff College and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies or their antecedents.

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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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate exits

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

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