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Master of Arts (International Relations)
CRICOS code 039171D
Deakin course code A726

Off campus studies
International students can undertake off-campus study while living overseas.

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Course Overview
The forces of globalisation are generating profound effects on many spheres of economic, social and political activity, and a deeper knowledge of international relations is becoming necessary in many areas of public life.

The International Relations program aims to produce graduates who are able to demonstrate, in their professional life, high-level skills of analysis and interpretation of global issues and events, and substantial understanding of the complexities of contemporary international relations.

The program is offered at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters levels to meet a variety of needs in terms of entry qualifications and graduation options.

Career Opportunities

The program is designed for those working in the public service, private sector corporations and small business, non-government organisations and in a range of professions, who seek to develop systematic understanding of the international forces shaping their environment, and enhance their skills in analysis and interpretation.

Course Rules
To qualify for the award of Master of Arts (International Relations), a student must successfully complete 12 credit points of study comprising: (a) 2 credit points of compulsory core units; and (b) 10 credit points of electives selected from the specified list of units listed below. A 2-credit-point research project (10 000 words) is an option in the final semester of study for those students with a credit or higher average in their coursework units.

Specialisations are available in the following areas: 

Asia-Pacific Regional Politics
Conflict and Security
Human Rights and International Law
International History

Course Structure
Core units

Semester 1

AIR747 Contemporary International Politics  

Semester 2

AIR742 Theories of International Relations  


Semester 1

AIH759 The Cold War: An International History  

AIH760 Pacific Island Identity and Governance  

AIH767 The Holocaust: From Anti-Semitism to Extermination  

AIR716 Gender, War and Peace  

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  

AIR725 International Institutions  

AIR732 Terrorism in International Politics  

AIR750 European Security Issues  

AIR751 International Humanitarian Law  

AIR790 International Relations Internship  

AIR791 International Relations Internship  

ALC706 Culture, Communication and Globalisation: Critical Practices in/and Local Cultures  

Semester 2

ACM701 Global Media and War  

AID742 Political Development in South East Asia  

AIH701 After the Vietnam War  

AIH753 Genocide  

AIP776 Contemporary Perspectives on European Integration  

AIR702 Strategic Issues in South Asia  

AIR712 Australia in the World  

AIR724 Media and International Politics  

AIR728 International Political Economy  

AIR729 Refugees in Global Politics  

AIR748 Contemporary Security and Strategy  

AIR749 Security in the Asia-Pacific Region  

AIR789 Globalisation and Justice  

AIR790 International Relations Internship  *

AIR791 International Relations Internship  *

ALC705 Organisational Communication: Culture, Diversity, Technology and Change  

* Students must seek advice about internship procedures from the Unit Chair prior to enrolling in this unit.

Semester 1 or semester 2

AIR718 Research Project (International Relations)  

AIR752 International Relations Dissertation  

AIR780 Research Project (International Relations) A  

AIR781 Research Project (International Relations) B  

AIR782 International Relations Dissertation A  

AIR783 International Relations Dissertation B  

Additional elective units

MPE707 International Banking and Finance  

MPE711 Global Trade and Markets  

MPE781 Economics for Managers  

MPM735 International Business Management


Off Campus Study - Distance education at Deakin:

Admission requirements
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicants previous academic record.

The minimum requirements are:
(i) successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or
(ii) successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination or
(iii) approved professional or industrial experience

English language requirements - Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate applicants to Deakin University must demonstrate their competence in English by providing certified/notarised documentary evidence of one of the following. Unless otherwise stated, applicants must have satisfied the University’s minimum postgraduate English requirements no more than two years preceding the date of their enrolment at Deakin. Certain courses may require a higher level of English proficiency.

1. An overall band score of 6.5 or better in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test (Academic module) with no individual band score less than 6.
2. A score of 237 or better (essay rating 4.5) in the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
3. A score of 92 or better (writing score 21) in the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
4. A score of 580 or better (writing score 4.5) in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
5. Satisfactory completion of a post-secondary qualification within the last five years at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment and evidence of at least two academic years of English language study.
6. Satisfactory completion of at least two academic years of full-time study in a university degree program where English is the language of instruction and assessment.
7. A minimum of three years professional practice in English, and/or satisfactory completion of study in English language leading to certification by the governing body of the profession. A letter from an employer on company letterhead stating that English is the language of business.
8. Completion of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 4 program at the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) with a final assessment result of 60% or higher within the last twelve months prior to enrolment.
9. Satisfactory completion of the DUELI test of English language competence within in the last six months prior to enrolment.
10. Satisfactory completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) at MIBT for admission into selected postgraduate courses at Deakin.
11. Other evidence of English language competence deemed acceptable by the Chair of the Academic Board.

University Profile
About 30 percent of Deakin students study by distance education.

Deakin has many years' experience in using online technologies to support and enhance the learning experiences of distance education students.

Distance education is an ideal choice for people who do not live near a campus to complete a course; or for people who wish to combine study with their job, as you may choose when and where you study.

Teaching and learning
Off-campus courses are the same as on-campus courses – the only difference is that rather than attend lectures, tutorials and practical classes in person, you study using a variety of other methods.

Deakin Studies Online (DSO)
DSO is Deakin University’s online teaching and learning environment. It delivers web-based course material and assessment tasks and facilitates communication and collaboration between staff and students.

DSO is being implemented as the university-wide learning management system.

Deakin's online environment gives you flexible and convenient access to learning resources and will enrich your learning experiences.

Distance Campus Support - Deakin University Student Association
The Distance Student section of the Deakin University Student Association website is devoted to information tailor-fitted to the needs of off-campus students on what DUSA in general and the Distance Campus Committee (DCC) in particular can do.

The DCC is here to represent YOU if you are a student at Deakin studying off-campus: looking out for your needs, putting you in contact with services, representing you to the University and making themselves available for advice.

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