International Studies

Coursework

The Master of International Studies is offered within the Department of Government and International Relations.

The programs in International Studies are designed to equip students with analytical and critical skills for understanding contemporary international politics. The course responds to contemporary developments that affect the governance of societies across the globe, from terrorism to public sector reform. The degree covers a wide variety of areas including the study of globalisation, development, democracies, processes of state formation, international organisations, theories of International Relations (IR), international political economy, international security, global environmental politics, Asia Pacific and Northeast Asian Politics.

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See also: Public Policy, International Relations and International Security

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Graduate Certificate in International Studies
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate of International Studies are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • 6 credit points of core units of study
  • 18 credit points from elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in International Studies
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of International Studies are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a minimum of 24 credit points from elective units of study

Master of International Studies
Candidates for the Master of International Studies are required to complete 96 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 78 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional major as listed in the unit of study table
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1.5 years 72
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1 year 48
Research

There are currently no research degrees offered in International Studies, but potential applicants are referred to the Government and International Relations section of the Postgraduate Handbook.