Studying international relations at ANU means you will be studying the best program of its kind in Australia and graduating with one of the most respected degrees in this field in the world. The Master of International Relations is the only international relations program in Australia that blends a concern with global politics, leading disciplinary innovations in thought and practice, and an engagement with the Asia-Pacific region. The program equips you with a keen understanding of the pressing issues of our time by providing you with access to globally-recognised experts in face-to-face seminars.

In this degree, students will learn to make sense of the big political and security trends taking place in the region and the world, and come to terms with the significant debates in the field of International Relations. The Master of International Relations encourages and equips students to form their own worldviews and generate their own analyses of the important issues shaping our world today.

Employment Opportunities

Ideal for careers in the foreign ministries and in the international sections of other ministries - for example, Australia Awards, Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Trade, Environment; IGOs - United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; Journalism and NGOs such as the Red Cross. ideal.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Master of International Relations, graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the dynamics of contemporary international relations, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  2. Discuss the key theories for the analysis of contemporary international relations;
  3. Use international relations theory to reflect upon contemporary problems in areas such as international security, global governance, international political economy or human rights;
  4. Conduct high-level research and writing to undertake self-directed study in international relations;
  5. Analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms;
  6. Communicate their findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods appropriately.

Cognate disciplines

International relations and diplomacy; public policy and administration; strategic and security studies; political science; history; sociology; economics and development; social science; law; and regional studies

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
  • All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.


Domestic Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $30,096.00.

International Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students: $42,960.00.


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.

Program Requirements

The Master of International Relations requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following introductory compulsory courses:

  • INTR8069 Writing International Relations 12 Units
  • INTR8071 World Politics 12 Units

30 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

  • INTR8011 International Relations Theory
  • INTR8013 International Political Economy
  • INTR8032 Global Security
  • INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

6 units from the completion of global political system courses from the following list:

  • POLS8043 Violence and Political Order
  • INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System
  • POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

12 units from the completion of international politics, policy and security courses from the following list:

  • POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents
  • ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives
  • DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy
  • DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace
  • DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World
  • INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy
  • INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations
  • INTR8020 The Responsibility to Protect
  • INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security
  • INTR8028 Global Environmental Politics
  • INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific
  • INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change
  • INTR8045 Global Governance
  • INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System
  • INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War
  • INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation
  • INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics
  • INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia
  • INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy
  • INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • INTR8070 International Organization
  • INTR8072 Approaches and Methods in International Relations
  • INTR8073 Human Security
  • INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations
  • INTR8076 The History of International Thought
  • MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism
  • MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
  • NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking
  • NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations
  • NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia
  • NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime
  • POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future
  • POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics
  • STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

24 units from completion of further Master of International Relations courses listed above.

24 units from completion of further Master of International Relations courses listed above.

Study Options


Program taught in:
  • English

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Master of International Relations at ANU College of Asia & the Pacific