The Master of Arts (International Relations in Economy and Trade) is a 72-unit coursework program offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in a number of locations in China on a fee-paying basis in association with Nankai University, China.


A coursework program known as The Master of Arts (International Relations in Economy and Trade) is offered in association with Nankai University, China.

Admission requirements

Students will initially apply for admission through Nankai University. Applicants must complete a competitive entrance examination administered by Nankai University, for which Flinders University awards 18 units of unspecified credit.

Applicants must hold a recognized Bachelor degree or have an equivalent qualification. Graduates with a three year degree must satisfy additional requirements which may be one of the following:

  • A minimum three years of work experience, or
  • A record of academic publication, or
  • Satisfactory grades in core undergraduate subjects or relevant graduate subjects.


A further 18 units of specified credit may be granted for topics offered by Nankai University, please refer to list below.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide a specialised postgraduate program in International Relations for suitably qualified graduates; appropriate professional education for current or prospective employees working in the areas of foreign affairs, defence, international trade and related areas; 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.

Learning outcomes

The expected student learning outcomes of The Masters of Arts (International Relations in Economy & Trade) are that graduates should be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major fields of International Relations and in particular international political economy in global and regional contexts
  • apply advanced professional knowledge to the formulation of policies, the provision of policy advice, the preparation of political analyses, the undertaking of policy research, and the evaluation of programs
  • articulate the ways in which international political economy influences world affairs in the twenty-first century
  • apply skills relating to information processing, archival research, documentary and data interpretation, bibliographic compilation, normative evaluation and other related analytical and research techniques
  • communicate in a professional manner through analytical professional reports and effective verbal presentations.

Program of study

Students must complete 72 units comprising:

Core topics

INTR9016  Issues and Ideas in International Relations  (3 units)
INTR9017  Problems of the International Financial and Trade System  (3 units)
INTR9912  International Relations Paper (12 units)

Students must make up the remaining 18 units from the following:

INTR9018  The East Asian Economy  (3 units)
INTR9023  Regionalism in East Asia: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond  (3 units)
INTR9033  International Commercial Law: Origins and Problems  (3 units)
INTR9079  International Marketing and Investment  (3 units)
INTR9080  The International Business Environment  (3 units)
INTR9081  Management Theory and Practice

Approved topics offered by Nankai University include:

  • Business English: [credit] 3
  • Chinese Contemporary Government Processes: [credit] 3
  • Human Resource Management: [credit] 3
  • International Economics: [credit] 3
  • International Finance: [credit] 3
  • International Management: [credit] 3
  • International Marketing: [credit] 3
  • Macro-economics and Micro-economics: [credit] 3
  • Management: [credit] 3
  • Professional English: [credit] 3
  • Tourism Planning and Development: [credit] 3
  • Western Economics and Macro-Economics: [credit] 3