Master of Arts (International Relations)

Postgraduate coursework

Interpret global issues and gain skills in theoretical and empirical analysis via Deakin's postgrad course, the Master of Arts (International Relations).

Key facts

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, the Master of Arts (International Relations) is typically 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
  • 1.5  years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

 

Deakin courses can also be studied part time over a longer period.

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2019 close 3 November 2019

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Get high-level skills in theoretical and empirical analysis to interpret global issues.

This course is ideal if you work in public service, the private sector or for a small business, as you’ll learn how international forces shape your environment.

You’ll develop skills in policy analysis, get a systematic understanding of the threats to peace and security, and global forces shaping political, social and economic life.

The Master of Arts (International Relations) aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate high-level skills of theoretical and empirical analysis and interpret global issues and events. This course will give you a substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations.

You’ll examine key contemporary issues and developments around the world, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. The program also offers optional postgraduate internships, giving you the opportunity to get experience overseas.

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Course structure

The Master of Arts (International Relations) is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

To be awarded a Master of Arts (International Relations) a student must successfully complete the following:

  • 6 core units 
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 10 credit points of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations:

Option 1 PhD Pathway

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

Option 2 Research Paper

  • 3 credit points of research units (AIX704; AIX705; AIX706)
  • 7 credit points of electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

Option 3 Research Project

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

Core Units

  • The United Nations and International Organisation AIR707
  • International Relations Theory AIR742
  • Contemporary International Politics AIR747
  • Security and Strategy AIR748
  • Global Political Economy AIR728
  • Human Rights in World Politics AIR726
  • Options 1, 2 & 3

    Option 1 PhD Pathway

  • Dissertation A AIX702 (2 credit points)
  • Dissertation B AIX703 (2 credit points)
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus either 

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • or 

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 4 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    Option 2 Research Paper

  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Plus either 

  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • or 

  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Plus 6 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    Option 3 Research Project

  • Research Design AIX706
  • Research Project AIX701
  • Plus 8 electives chosen from the specialisations or general electives

    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


    General Electives

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Arts (International Relations)
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A723
    CRICOS code?
    084542G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications. Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course may be:

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline or
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $21,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit points of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • one credit point of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

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    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

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    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

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    Where can I study with Deakin?

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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Review and analyse major theoretical, conceptual and policy debates and disputes in International Relations pertaining to foreign policy, conflict and security, international and regional politics, globalisation, and international law with reference to empirical cases.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate the findings and analyses of International Relations theories, concepts and their application to real-world contexts, in a selection of written, oral and digital formats, to a range of audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of digital communication technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in debate, communicate findings, and deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of audiences.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise theoretical conceptualisations of international politics and policy responses by a range of actors in the context of the changing international political system.

    Problem solving

    Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with appropriate Social Science methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real-world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in the areas of conflict and security, globalization, international crises and risks, foreign policy and international law.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of International Relations. 

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of International Relations and from other backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for their own learning.

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and respond to issues in global politics in domestic, regional and international contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into account cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and adherence to professional and academic ethical standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

     


    *Mid-year intake is not available for all courses and some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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