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:

24 units from completion of the following introductory compulsory courses:

INTR8069 Writing International Relations 12 Units

INTR8071 World Politics 12 Units

30 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

INTR8011 International Relations Theory

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8032 Global Security

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy


6 units from the completion of global political system courses from the following list:

ASIA8017 Comparative Politics of Asia & the Pacific

INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics


12 units from the completion of international politics, policy and security courses from the following list:

ASIA8017 Comparative Politics of Asia & the Pacific

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace

DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World

INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations

INTR8020 The Responsibility to Protect

INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security

INTR8036 World Politics

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

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

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8072 Approaches and Methods in International Relations

INTR8073 Human Security

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

INTR8076 The History of International Thought

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

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

24 units from completion of further Master of International Relations courses listed above.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

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.

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

Cognate disciplines

International relations and diplomacy; public policy and administration; strategic and security studies; political science; history; sociology; economics and development; social science; law; and regional 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

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

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. ideal

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Master of International Relations, graduates will be able 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.

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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