Graduate Diploma in International Relations

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma of International Relations will assist you to understand and address the worlds most pressing challenges: war and peace; social and economic justice; poverty; development; and environmental sustainability. Study relations among states and between states and non-state actors, including the history, current nature, and possible evolution of the international system.

Bring together political, economic, social, security and cultural dimensions in the study of international affairs.

Why study with us?
At Sydney you can study both the discipline of international relations while also selecting an area of specialisation based upon your interests and professional goals.

This degree provides sound, structured training in international relations. Through our Centre for International Security Studies, we provide a depth and breadth of study unparalleled in Australia.

Our Department of Government and International Relations is an associate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. The program will allow you to minor in the following areas:
− Economics
− Political Economy
− Peace and Conflict Studies
− Sociology, Social Policy and Development
− International Law

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in International Relations are required to complete 48 credit points, including: (a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and (b) a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units of study (c) a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units of study.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of International Relations may lead to a career within international business, consulting, government, journalism, and international organisations including the United Nations or European Union. This course also provides an opportunity for professionals in these sectors to gain advanced training that supports career advancement.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in International Relations requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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