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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government

  • Start Date

    February, July

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1-1.5 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    AUD $30,740 p.a.

Course content


Pursue an international career in diplomacy, journalism, the NGO sector, international business or academia with the Master of International Relations.

This flexible and real-world focused program examines the power-political, economic, cultural, legal and institutional forces that influence relations between the major players in the international system.

You will develop an in-depth understanding of the institutions and political, economic and legal components and processes of the international system.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-relations

Key benefits

- Learn from experts in the fields of Asian, European, American, African, Australian and Middle Eastern studies
- Eligible students have an opportunity to gain work experience through an internship in an approved institution and to credit this to their degree
- Take advantage of student exchange opportunities through our Global Leadership Program
- Includes a strong component of research study under specialised individual supervision
- Develop key skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research and writing and oral communication
- Your choice of studying on campus or online, full-time or part-time
- Get a leading edge by taking advantage of our double degree programs by combining the Master of International Relations with International Business, Translating and Interpreting, or International Communication

Suitable for

Want to further your career in public business, community or political work or are interested in international relations? This course will also prepare students for higher level tertiary study and research in international relations.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline and work experience in a relevant area;
Honours, Graduate Diploma, or Masters in a relevant discipline;
Work experience in a senior role*.

- Relevant disciplines
Political Science and Policy Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Studies in Human Society; Social Work; Welfare Studies; Behavioural Science; Law; Linguistics; Literature; Language and Literature; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Economics; Criminology; Society and Culture; Communication and Media Studies; International Business

- Relevant areas
In international relations -related employment or volunteer work including advisory, advocacy, consultancy, representation, analysis, research, management in public service, community, government relations, political and social, international or professional bodies, organisations, institutes or associations.

*senior roles include
----Commonwealth or State/Territory or Local Government public service at classification APS 3 or above
----Australian Defence Force and having held rank of Major (Army), Squadron Leader (RAFF) or Lieutenant Commander (RAN) or above

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


Internship opportunities are available to eligible students. Work as an intern in an embassy, NGO or an international organisation, and gain academic credits towards your degree.


- Career Opportunities
Career paths for our graduates are varied and include employment within the civil service in departments dealing with foreign affairs, diplomacy, defence, foreign aid and intelligence, international organisations such as United Nations, NGOs, multinational corporations, trade focused businesses, journalism and consulting. This video provides more insight.

- diplomatic service agencies
- federal and local government
- international non-government organisations
- multinational corporations
- United Nations

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-relations

Visit the Master of International Relations page on the Macquarie University website for more details!






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