Course Description

Understand and address the world’s most pressing challenges, including war and peace, social and economic justice, poverty, development and environmental sustainability. Investigate relations among states and non-state actors, including the evolution of the international system. Develop sophisticated critical thinking through this intellectually rigorous, research-intensive program.

Why study with us?

The Department of Government and International Relations is one of the largest of its kind in Australia, with links to some of the major policy think tanks in Australia, such as the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and the Lowy Institute. We also house the Centre for International Security Studies and the Electoral Integrity project.

Our academics are recognised experts in international relations theory, public policy, international political economy and security, Australian and comparative politics, migration, and North and Southeast Asian politics.

The International Relations program allows you to specialise in Economics, Political Economy, Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Development, or International Law. You will gain a deep understanding of complex problem solving in a globalised world.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 total course cost.
International Students: $40,000 per year full-time


0.5 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.1% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 79.2% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.3% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 73.5% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 6.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $74,200 (national average $77,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 079203C
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GCINTREL1000

Entry Requirements