Course Description

Develop skills and knowledge in globalisation, development, democracies, processes of state formation, international organisations, theories of international relations, international political economy and security, global environmental politics, and Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian politics. You will also gain broad-based training in regional studies and comparative politics.

Why study with us?

Few other universities in Australia offer as many international studies and comparative politics courses with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

You will have access to world-class experts in a broad political and international relations field. We are actively engaged in policy debates and offer unsurpassed opportunities for networking.

The Department of Government and International Relations has links to some of the major policy think tanks in Australia, such as the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and the Lowy Institute.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $10,958 total course cost.
International Students: $40,000 per year full-time


1 - 2 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: 082907M
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MAINTSTD8000

Entry Requirements