International relations


Drive change globally. Learn, analyse and understand current affairs across the world. Uncover responses to global crises from globalisation and power to security and governance, then address how you can improve them.

Get work-ready

Enhance your understanding of the key political dynamics of our time. International relations encompasses the study of policy-related dynamics such as diplomacy, foreign policy and global governance. Our team of experts are change agents in their field, so you can be assured your qualification is industry relevant. You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable skills, make lifelong connections through our many international experiences, and gain a degree that can take you anywhere in the world.


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, masters 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.

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.

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)

Research with us

Take your studies to the next level with a higher degree by research in international relations. You’ll be guided by staff that are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. Be confident that what you learn at Deakin will be relevant to your future career.

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International relations at Deakin

International relations at Deakin

Find out about the core ideas taught in the international relations discipline at Deakin: how to communicate across cultures, across borders, across ideologies and across politics.

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