Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in international relations, political science, political studies, global studies or humanities/arts. Graduates from other disciplines may be considered.


Bond University’s Master of International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. You will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues.


Foundation Subjects (8)

  • Diplomacy
  • Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge
  • Genocide – A Sociological and Criminological Approach
  • Political Economy of Global Development
  • Politically Motivated Violence
  • Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Security and Strategy in the 21st Century
  • Strategic Asia

Dissertation/Portfolio (4)
You must choose one of the following suites of subjects as your dissertation/portfolio:

  • Major Dissertation/Portfolio A (20 credit points)
  • Major Dissertation/Portfolio B (20 credit points)


  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio C
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio D


  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio A
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio B
  • Minor Dissertation/Portfolio C


  • International Relations Internship and Portfolio


The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff that can provide supervision to students in the following areas:

  • ASEAN and Southeast Asian Regionalism
  • Australian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • China’s Defence Policy
  • China’s Foreign Policy
  • Chinese Strategic Culture
  • Chinese Strategy and PLA Military Modernisation
  • Conduct of Future Warfare (Transformation of Defence Policy in the 21st Century)
  • Diplomacy, Theory And Practice (Including Sports- Diplomacy)
  • Dynamics and International Relations of Greater Central Asia
  • East-West Diplomatic Culture and Practice
  • Futures Studies and International Relations
  • Global Political Economy and Global Development
  • Historical International Relations Systems
  • International Relations Theory
  • Middle and Great Power Theory (Australia, South Korea, India and China)
  • North Korean Politics, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Pandemics and National / International Security
  • Politically Motivated Violence and Terrorism
  • Popular Geopolitics
  • Public Diplomacy - Theory and Practice
  • South Asian International Relations
  • Space Policy, Strategic Competition and International Security
  • The United Nations


This program will equip you with the critical thinking skills and strategic development required to expand your global career. You could seek to further your career in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, strategic decision making, sociology and economy.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
54 weeks
30,678 AUD
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