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Master of International Law and Diplomacy

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Law and Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MINLD
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MINLD
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Law

Program Requirements

The Masters of International Law and Diplomacy requires completion of 96 units which must consist of:

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions

A minimum of 24 units from the completion of diplomatic studies courses from the following list:

DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8006 Politics, Diplomacy and the United Nations

DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace

DIPL8009 Diplomacy: from cuneiform clay to digital tablets

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

DIPL8012 Special Topics in Diplomacy

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

DIPL8016 The Role of Non-state Actors in East-Asian Diplomacy


A minimum of 24 units from the completion of international law courses from the following list:

LAWS8003 Transnational Business and Human Rights

LAWS8010 Environmental Protection and Human Rights

LAWS8019 Special Topics in International Security Law

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations

LAWS8032 International Financial Institutions and Development

LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8066 Intersection of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

LAWS8073 Trade Remedies Law: WTO Law & Domestic Implementation

LAWS8122 Special Topics in International Law

LAWS8136 International Intellectual Property Law

LAWS8178 International Law and Use of Force

LAWS8179 International Security Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

LAWS8184 The Law of International Institutions

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

LAWS8234 International and Comparative Human Rights Law

LAWS8247 Comparative Civil and Political Rights

LAWS8252 International Refugee Law

LAWS8253 Law of The Sea

LAWS8264 International Law of The Environment

LAWS8268 International Humanitarian Law

LAWS8297 International Law and Australian Government

LAWS8314 Post-conflict Situations and International Law 

LAWS8315 Maritime Security Law

LAWS8320 Critical Approaches to International Law

LAWS8323 Strategic Negotiation Skills

LAWS8330 International Labour Law

LAWS8332 International Investment Treaties: Law, Arbitration and Policy

LAWS8333 International Law Internship

LAWS8464 Advanced International Law

LAWS8471 Refugee Law

LAWS8474 Climate Law

LAWS8566 International Criminal Law

LAWS8567 International Dispute Resolution

LAWS8579 Ethno-Political Conflicts and International Law

LAWS8582 Global Health Law

LAWS8583 Indigenous Peoples and International Law

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

A maximum of 12 Units from the completion of the following research courses:

DIPL8018 Diplomacy Research Project

LAWS8301 Graduate Research Unit

A maximum of 6 Units from the completion of experiential courses from the following list:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption

DIPL8015 Diplomacy Internship

LAWS6230 Postgraduate Law Internship

LAWS6311 Australian National Law Internships Program A

LAWS6310 Australian National Law Internships Program B

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems


Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7

or a Bachelor degree at pass mark, GPA 4/7 or international equivalent with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Relevant work experience would include a position held over at least two years that required a sound understanding of the practice or theory of international law and / or diplomacy.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0. 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


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.

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with specialised knowledge and skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

This highly valuable qualification deepens your understanding of the way diplomacy and law operate in, and interact with, the modern world. It equips you with legal and diplomatic skills and knowledge for the 21st century job market. The degree also provides exciting study and career options in the prestigious arenas of diplomatic and international legal practice.

You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the ANU College of Law and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, as well as senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners from Australia and elsewhere. You will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading diplomatic and international legal scholars and policy-makers.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of diplomacy and international law and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, including states, civil service departments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and multinational corporations;

  2. Display effective diplomatic and international legal research and writing skills to address complex diplomatic and legal challenges with an international or transnational dimension;

  3. Display effective diplomatic and international legal advocacy skills, with the ability to engage with transnational issues to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and appropriate practices;

  4. Research and apply theories of diplomacy and international law to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, the role of the use of force, and design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;

  5. Use high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate;

  6. Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms.

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