Our Master of International Relations is designed for professionals seeking career advancement or specialist knowledge in various areas of international relations. When you graduate you'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and development - locally and internationally.
Throughout the course you'll explore key elements of international economics and trade, cultural diversity, political negotiation and security agendas in a time of rapid globalisation.
You'll graduate with the skills to engage with current global issues, develop academic insights, and plan responses to real-world matters. You'll also develop high-level strategic negotiation skills to implement social change across different cultures and societies.
Career opportunities exist within local and international inter-governmental agencies and NGOs like Oxfam, Amnesty International and the Red Cross, as well as in government departments such as the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You may choose to move into roles in the corporate sector or with independent think tanks, academic institutions and the media.
You'll study for 2 years full-time or the part-time equivalent. You may be able to gain Advanced Standing (credit) for previous studies.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.Sample course structure
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.
To qualify for the award of Master of International Relations, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.
Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:
Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 AUSTRALIAN POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY POL5APP 1 15 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND ORGANISATIONS POL5IOL 1 15 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: PAST AND PRESENT POL5RIC 1 15 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION POL5IJC 1 15 RESEARCH SKILLS HUS5ADR 1 15 THEORIES OF WORLD POLITICS POL5TWP 1 15 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY POL5GGA 2 15 SECURITY IN A BORDERLESS WORLD POL5WPS 2 15
A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.See La Trobe University Handbook for more details
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This course is designed for professionals seeking career progression, or specialist knowledge in various areas of international relations. You'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and local and international development.
Career opportunities exist within NGOs and local and international inter-governmental agencies like Oxfam, Red Cross and Amnesty International, as well as in government agencies such as the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Our graduates have moved into careers in policy, diplomacy and defence - in Australia and overseas. You may also choose to move into roles in academia, media, the corporate sector or with various think tanks.