The Master of Arts (International Relations) is a 72-unit program offered by The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. It requires two years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

This course articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in International Relations and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed either of these courses are awarded credit for related topics.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Relations (or approved equivalents) must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. 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 Master of Arts (International Relations) aims to:

  • provide a specialised postgraduate program in International Relations for suitably qualified graduates
  • provide appropriate professional education for current or prospective employees working in the areas of foreign affairs, defence, international trade and related areas
  • provide advanced grounding in the academic debates and research literatures in the field of International Relations and cognate subjects for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies and an academic career
  • 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 high level appreciation of the broad dimensions and content of the academic field of International Relations
  • have a high level understanding of the key theoretical concepts, major historical themes and significant current issues within International Relations
  • have an excellent appreciation of outstanding policy issues in International Relations
  • have excellent skills in academic research, verbal argument and professional writing.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

First Year (Graduate Diploma Year)

36 units comprised as follows:

Core - Year 1 topics

 INTR9073  New Security Agenda  (4.5 units)
 INTR9074  Civil Wars and Peace Building  (4.5 units)
 INTR9075  The Modern International System  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

22.5 units should be selected as follows:

At least 13.5 units from:

 INTR9050  Debating Human Rights  (4.5 units)
 INTR9051  International Human Rights: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 INTR9054  The Alliance and the Rise of China  (4.5 units)
 INTR9055  African Politics: Global Issues  (4.5 units)
 INTR9059  Intensive Summer School on Global Citizenship  (4.5 units)
 INTR9060  The Cultural Politics of Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism  (4.5 units)
 INTR9061  Governance and the new Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)
 INTR9062  Contemporary Issues in Gender and International Development  (4.5 units)
 INTR9064  China and the Global Financial Crisis  (4.5 units)
 INTR9066  Empires and International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9067  Global Security in the Information Age: Issues and Debates  (4.5 units)
 INTR9069  Approaches to International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9070  Supervised Study in International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9072  Bibliographic Studies in International Relations  (9 units)

and a maximum of 9 units from:

 DVST9013  Applied Development Studies  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9022  Theory and Evidence in Contemporary Development  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9023  Research Practice in Development Studies  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9034  The Politics of the Global South: From Bullets to Ballot Box and back  (4.5 units)
 DVST9031  Gender Analysis  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9032  Gender Mainstreaming  (4.5 units)*
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)
 POAD9026  Management in Non-Government Organisations  (4.5 units)*
 POAD9119  Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance  (4.5 units)*
 POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POAD9131  Development Administration  (4.5 units)*
 POLI9004  The Politics of Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 WMST8003  The Global Woman: Introduction to Gender and Development  (4.5 units)*
 WMST8007  A Walk on the Wild Side: Gender and International Politics (4.5 units)
 WMST8008  Engendering Justice, Rights, and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship (4.5 units)

Second Year (MA Year)

36 units comprised as follows:

Core - Year 2 topics

 INTR9063  Debating International Relations (9 units)

Compulsory Research Paper/Thesis

Select either:

 INTR9913  International Relations Research Paper (9 units), OR
 INTR9918  International Relations Research Thesis (18 units) OR
 INTR9918A International Relations Research Thesis (9/18 units) AND
 INTR9918B International Relations Research Thesis (9/18 units)

Students must make up the remaining units (for a total of 36 units) from the following:

Elective - Year 2 topics

 INTR9050  Debating Human Rights  (4.5 units)
 INTR9051  International Human Rights: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)
 INTR9054  The Alliance and the Rise of China  (4.5 units)
 INTR9055  African Politics: Global Issues  (4.5 units)
 INTR9059  Intensive Summer School on Global Citizenship  (4.5 units)
 INTR9060  The Cultural Politics of Religion, Ethnicity and Nationalism  (4.5 units)
 INTR9061  Governance and the new Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)
 INTR9062  Contemporary Issues in Gender and International Development  (4.5 units)
 INTR9064  China and the Global Financial Crisis  (4.5 units)
 INTR9066  Empires and International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9067  Global Security in the Information Age: Issues and Debates  (4.5 units)
 INTR9069  Approaches to International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9070  Supervised Study in International Relations  (4.5 units)
 INTR9072  Bibliographic Studies in International Relations  (9 units)

 DVST9013  Applied Development Studies  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9022  Theory and Evidence in Contemporary Development  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9023  Research Practice in Development Studies  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9034  The Politics of the Global South: From Bullets to Ballot Box and back  (4.5 units)
 DVST9031  Gender Analysis  (4.5 units)*
 DVST9032  Gender Mainstreaming  (4.5 units)*
 GEOG8712  Asian Regional Development GE  (4.5 units)
 POAD9026  Management in Non-Government Organisations  (4.5 units)*
 POAD9119  Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance  (4.5 units)*
 POAD9129  Environmental Policy and Governance  (4.5 units)
 POAD9131  Development Administration  (4.5 units)*
 POLI9004  The Politics of Climate Change  (4.5 units)
 WMST8003  The Global Woman: Introduction to Gender and Development  (4.5 units)*
 WMST8007  A Walk on the Wild Side: Gender and International Politics (4.5 units)
 WMST8008  Engendering Justice, Rights, and Representation: Gender, State and Citizenship (4.5 units)

* These topics are also available by external enrolment.