single degree

Master of International Relations

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of International Relations requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

30 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

INTR8011 International Relations Theory

INTR8013 International Political Economy 1

INTR8032 Global Security 1

INTR8036 World Politics

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

66 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INTR8045 Global Governance 1

INTR8046 Evolution of the International System 1

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8055 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8070 International Organization

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

NSPO8016 Governance, State Weakness and Human Security in Asia

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POLS8003 Culture and Development in Latin America

POLS8031 Globalisation: Theories, Issues, Debates

POLS8032 Globalization: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a 70% average.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Economics, History, International Relations, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Science, Sociology, Strategic Studies.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Studying international relations at ANU means you will be studying the best program of its kind in Australia and graduating with one of the most respected degrees in this field in the world.

The Master of International Relations is the only international relations program in Australia to focus on the Asia Pacific, and encourages you to engage with emerging ideas and practices from across our region through face-to-face seminars with globally-recognised experts.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Employment Opportunities

Ideal for careers in the foreign ministries and in the international sections of other ministries - for example Australia Awards, Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Trade, Environment; IGOs - United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; Journalism and NGOs such as the Red Cross.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Discuss the dynamics of contemporary international relations, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  2. Discuss the key theories for the analysis of contemporary international relations;
  3. Use international relations theory to reflect upon contemporary problems in areas such as international security, global governance, international political economy or human rights;
  4. Conduct high-level research and writing to undertake self-directed study in international relations;
  5. Analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms;
  6. Communicate their findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods in appropriate.

Cognate disciplines

Politics, political science, international relations, history, sociology, economics, public policy, public administration, strategic studies, social science

Further Information

Applicants to the Master of International Relations (Advanced) degree are particularly encouraged to apply for the Hedley Bull scholarship which provides a full-fee waiver for the duration of the degree.

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