Graduate Certificate in International Relations
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The discipline of international relations is dedicated to the study of relations among states and between states and non-state actors. The field covers the history, current nature, and possible evolution of the international system. International relations applies a diverse set of theories to help understand and address the world’s most pressing challenges: war and peace; social and economic justice; poverty, development, and environmental sustainability. International relations brings together poilitical, economic, social, security, and cultural dimensions in the study of international affairs.
The new Graduate Certificate in International Relations is an intellectually rigorous program that is embedded within the discipline of international relations while enabling students to select areas of specialism based upon their interests and professional goals.
The course will also encourage students to relate theoretical concepts they learn to specific, relevant world issues and challenges in international affairs today. Students will graduate from the University with specialist knowledge and an understanding of major developments and issues in specific fields in international relations, particularly in the realms of international security, international organisations, foreign policy, international economy, and globalisation. Graduates will be trained to conduct independent scholarly research in international relations through a combination of in-class study, and personal research projects under the supervision of an academic staff member. The course features a strong emphasis upon teaching students core concepts of international relations theory, reaching back into classical philosophy while employing cutting-edge approaches in critical theory.
Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in International Relations will also be able to draw on a range of electives in the languages to enhance their cultural skills and also from a range of social science and humanities areas including Asian studies, history, philosophy, law, economics, political economy and sociology.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- CISS6001 - New Security Challenges
- CISS6002 - Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
- CISS6006 - Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
- CISS6013 - Middle East Conflict and Security
- GOVT6116 - International Organisations
- GOVT6119 - International Security
- GOVT6121 - Northeast Asian Politics
- GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance
- GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics
- GOVT6137 - Forces of Change in Int Relations
- GOVT6147 - Foundations of International Relations
- GOVT6225 - Essential Readings in Int'l Relations
- GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics
Further course information
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in International Relations are required to complete 24 credit points, including: (a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and (b) a maximum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
The International Relations program is designed to provide a pathway to professional employment in a wide array of professions, including international business, consulting, government agencies, international organizations such as the United Nations or European Union, and journalism. This course also provides an opportunity for professionals in these sectors to gain advanced training to support career advancement.
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in International Relations requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University, via the International Office. For information about closing dates and application procedures, visit the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in International Relations.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in International Relations.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.