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

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: 

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics 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 

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8052 Peace and Conflict Studies

INTR8070 International Organisation

INTR8078 Interventions and Statebuilding: From Fragility to Resilience

INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia

STST8066 Strategic Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Rethinking Strategy and Statecraft


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

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

LAWS8023 International Law and United Nations Peace Operations 

LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8069 Law and Society in South Asia

LAWS8077 Cyber Law

LAWS8107 International Air and Space 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

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

LAWS8316 Nuclear Security Law

LAWS8330 International Labour Law

LAWS8336 International Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration

LAWS8401 The Law of Weaponry and Targeting

LAWS8409 Strategic Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict

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

LAWS8585 International Aviation Law

LAWS8594 Law and Society in South East Asia


A maximum of 24 units from the completion of a research thesis:

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 A

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

DIPL8015 Diplomacy Internship

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems


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 GC 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
  • 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.

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$46,910.00

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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