International relations


Foster a better understanding of conflict and cooperation, war and peace in contemporary international politics. Our international relations courses explore a range of issues, including the nature of power and security, globalisation and global governance.

Deakin's international partnerships: over 400
World-class teaching: learn from the biggest team of international relations staff in Australia

Career opportunities

The study of international relations prepares students for careers in:

  • federal defence agencies
  • foreign affairs departments
  • immigration departments/consultancies
  • international-oriented businesses and non-government organisations
  • journalism
  • major corporations
  • management consultancies
  • multicultural associations
  • the public sector.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Complete as many international experiences as your degree and bank balance will allow. It will give you a sense of purpose you will not find anywhere else.

Emily Ebbott

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)

Learn from a diverse group of academics

Deakin has the largest concentration of international relations staff in Victoria and one of the largest groups in Australia, with 13 full-time staff.

International relations at Deakin

Dr Steven Slaughter discusses the large-scale issues we face in society – such as the international economy and global financial crisis terrorism, political violence and human rights – and how these are addressed in teaching international relations at Deakin.

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