The Graduate Diploma in International Relations is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It articulates with the Graduate Certificate in International Relations and the Australian program of the Master of Arts (International Relations).

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature, and may take into account relevant work experience. 

Course aims

The Graduate Diploma in International Relations aims to:

  • provide graduates from the Graduate Certificate in International Relations and other qualified students with further exposure to the academic field of International Relations
  • cover aspects of International Relations not previously encountered and/or to consolidate aspects covered in previous studies
  • develop an advanced appreciation of key theoretical concepts, major historical themes and significant current issues within International Relations
  • provide opportunities for an appreciation of an International Relations perspective on the Asia-Pacific region in particular
  • develop an enhanced appreciation of the professional context in which graduates with International Relations credentials may find employment
  • assist students to further develop skills in comprehension, research, bibliography, analysis, verbal argument and professional writing.

Learning outcomes

Graduates from this course should be able to:

  • have a solid appreciation of the broad dimensions and content of the academic field of International Relations
  • have an advanced understanding of the key theoretical concepts, major historical themes and significant current issues within International Relations
  • critically read, analyse and utilise the academic and professional literature in International Relations
  • prepare themselves for more advanced studies through the Master of Arts (International Relations)
  • apply further developed skills in academic research, verbal argument and professional writing.

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in International Relations, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

36 units comprising:

 DVST8010  Development Problems, Policies and Programs  (4.5 units)
 INTR9051  International Human Rights: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 INTR9054  The Alliance and the Rise of China  (4.5 units)
 INTR9063  Debating International Relations  (9 units)
 INTR9064  The Rise of China: Dream or Nightmare  (4.5 units)
 INTR9077  Global Inequality  (4.5 units)
 INTR9078  Governing East Asia in the 21st Century  (4.5 units)