Master of International Law and Diplomacy


Program Description

There has never been a more important time to study international law and diplomacy. In an age of changing realities, there is a high demand for graduates capable of navigating the challenges that shape our international society. Are you ready?

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is a joint degree that addresses needs arising from the unique dynamics of the current political and business environment where policy, law and dispute resolution intersect.

International law and diplomacy don’t operate in a vacuum in our modern world. Now, they don’t need to in your degree, either.

Key learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of diplomacy and international law and its contemporary challenges from the perspective of multiple actors, including states, civil service departments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and multinational corporations.
  2. Display effective research and writing skills to address complex diplomatic and legal challenges with an international or transnational dimension.
  3. Exhibit highly developed diplomatic and international legal advocacy skills, including the ability to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and other appropriate practices.

You will graduate from ANU, a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading diplomatic and international legal scholars and policy-makers.

Student experience

"When looking for Masters programs, the chance to combine international law with diplomacy was the primary reason for selecting ANU.

"The key benefit (of the Master of International Law and Diplomacy) is the ability to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to analysis – a skill that is increasingly valued by employers.

"Studying both diplomacy and international law gives students a holistic training in this field that neither program alone can deliver."

- Bhavani Kannan, Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (International Law) graduate.

"After practising in litigation and human rights for several years. I was keen to enhance my credentials in international law. Diplomacy seemed to me to be a natural complement to international law, so I decided to pursue this option.

"I have worked in internationally-focused jobs ever since obtaining the degrees, including in the Australian Government's Office of International Law and now as a senior lawyer at an international criminal tribunal in The Hague."

- Jane McCosker, Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (International Law) graduate.

Career outcomes

Taught in the nation’s heart of diplomacy and law, our innovative program prepares you for exciting career paths including:

  • Peace and conflict resolution;
  • Disciplinary experts;
  • Political journalism;
  • International justice;
  • International economic development;
  • Humanitarian relief;
  • Human rights advocacy; and
  • Political and economic risk analysis within the government, private sector and international organisations.

This degree equips future leaders of both diplomatic and legal practice with knowledge and skills – such as critical analysis, strategic thinking and cross-cultural communication – to succeed in a changing geopolitical world.

Academic experts

You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars from both The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. You will also learn from senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners with a specific focus on transnational diplomacy, roles of non-state actors, negotiation and conflict resolution, international law principles and more.

ANU is ranked #1 in Australia and globally #10 for Politics and International Studies and #15 for Law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).

Admission requirements

  • At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
  • Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.
  • a Bachelor degree at pass mark, GPA 4/7 or international equivalent with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. Relevant work experience would include a position held over at least two years that required a sound understanding of the practice or theory of international law and/or diplomacy.
  • In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

  • The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
  • However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.
  • If required, the ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:
    • A GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
    • Demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.
  • Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

  • As Australia’s national university, ANU is a global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, the competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

  • Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.
  • Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program.
  • ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Political science and policy studies, studies in human society, human welfare studies and services, behavioural science, law, justice and law enforcement, language and literature, philosophy and religious studies, economics and econometrics, criminology, family and consumer studies, society and culture, public policy, public administration and management and commerce.


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in international, constitutional, public and private law. ANU is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Sub ... Read More

ANU is Australia’s national university with a global reputation in international, constitutional, public and private law. ANU is ranked 12th in the world for the study of law (QS World Rankings by Subject, 2018). Read less