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Master of International Law and Diplomacy

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

MINLD
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

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

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*


*Students who have completed an Australian undergraduate law degree or Juris Doctor or equivalent are exempted from LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and are required to complete an additional 6 units from the international law course list.


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

8000 level Diplomacy (DIPL) ALPHA-coded courses 

INTR8070 International Organisation

INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8052 Peace and Conflict Studies

INTR8078 Interventions and State-building: From Fragility to Resilience

STST8066 Strategy, Statecraft and Diplomacy for the 21st Century

 

A minimum of 24 units from the completion of law courses listed under the International Law Specialisation


A maximum of 24 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)

DIPL8015 Diplomacy Internship

LAWS6230 Law Internship

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

Specialisations

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. 

  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
  • 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
  • Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
  • A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.


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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


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: www.aqf.edu.au

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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

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.


Applications for course credit

Applicants who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Recognition of prior and external learning policy

Cognate Disciplines

Political science and policy studies, studies in human society, human welfare studies and services, behavioural science, law, justice and law enforcement, language and literature, philosophy and religious studies, economics and econometrics, criminology, family and consumer studies, society and culture, public policy, public administration and management and commerce.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$33,520.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$48,802.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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 Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, 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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Master of International Law and Diplomacy may work within foreign ministries, as academics, senior staff in the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and transnational corporations.

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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Welcome to the Master of International Law and Diplomacy. This section for new students will help you to choose which courses you should enrol in for your first semester as well as general information to assist you throughout your degree.

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy program consists of 96 units in total or the equivalent of two years full-time study, distributed per the program orders of the MINLD and consisting of:

  • 24 units Compulsory courses from both Law and Diplomacy
  • 72 units from the Diplomacy and Law courses approved for the program. Consisting of:
    • min 24 units from the completion of elective diplomatic studies courses
    • min 24 units from the completion of elective international law courses
    • max 12 units from the completion of the following research courses
    • max 6 units from the completion of experiential courses.

The program can be completed full time in 2 years or taken part time over a longer period. (Note: International students must study a full time load)

After you have accepted your offer online you will be emailed your password and Student ID. Please follow all the instructions in the matriculation email you receive to activate your Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) account. You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online in your courses through ISIS. Enrolment is managed through ISIS while the online learning platform is known as Wattle. These two websites will be some of the most common sites used throughout your degree. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible.

About this degree

Students who wish to apply for credit for courses undertaken in previous study can apply for prior formal learning at AQF Level 8 or 9. Please follow the instructions for Course Credits and Exemptions. Please note that credit in this program is only given for courses that are the same as the course credit is given for.

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year that they commenced the program. You can change the year on Programs and Courses by clicking on the drop down menu next to the year on the page.  If you would like to undertake a course that is not listed in your degree requirements, you will need to seek approval by sending an email to bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

MINLD courses are delivered throughout the academic year in a variety of delivery modes

These sessions are as follows:

·         Summer               Coursework takes place between January and towards the end of March

·         Autumn               Coursework takes place between end of March and towards the end of June

·         Winter                  Coursework takes place between end June and around mid-September

·         Spring                   Coursework takes place between mid-September and the end of December.

·         Semester 1         Coursework takes place over 12 weeks in the first half of the year.

·         Semester 2         Coursework takes place over 12 weeks in the second half of the year.


Current and continuing coursework students must enrol themselves for each session by the appropriate deadline.



Enrolment Status

Courses that make up this program are listed under the ‘Study’ tab.

Please note that the courses listed are not available in every semester and some are run in alternate years, so please check to see on the individual course page regarding when they are available.

It is possible to enrol in less than 24 units per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

If you are studying part time you are encouraged to enrol in courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until Monday of Week 2 of each semester without penalty.


Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au

Academic Advice

The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.

You can contact the team by emailing bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au or calling on 02 6125 5744

Students may also discuss their course selection with the Program Convenors, Nicolas Lemay-Hebert (Nicolas.Lemay-Hebert@anu.edu.au) and Eglantine Stauton (eglantine.staunton@anu.edu.au)

If you have questions that are specific to the Law courses then please contact the ANU College of Law by emailing enquiries.law@anu.edu.au or calling 02 6125 3483. There is also more information found here: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/master-international-law-and-diplomacy

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