International relations

International DevelopmentWhy study International relations?

We are one of Australia’s leading centres for the study of International Relations. It has a long tradition of scholarship and research excellence that dates back to the University’s founding and is the lead member of the Innovative Universities’ EU Centre. Faculty members are recognised as some of the world’s leading academics and are prominent contributors to public debate about international affairs in Australia and globally.

Career opportunities

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Courses

Local students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Development Studies

Duration :
6 months full-time (1 year part-time)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
Prerequisite
See selection criteria.
Fee amount
7,570
Selection
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Development.
How to apply
Direct application process via the La Trobe website.
Full course details
Development Studies(Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Certificate in International Relations

Duration :
6 months full-time (1 year part-time)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Relations program offers demanding study in the important and complex field of international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real world issues and seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to these issues. The degree provides formal academic preparation for people who wish to work in areas that require a detailed understanding of the international political and economic context.

The degree is particularly useful for professionals who seek to enhance their career opportunities, for those who have embarked on a career but wish to change sectors and recent graduates who wish to sharpen their skills.
Prerequisite
See selection criteria.

Fee amount
7,570
Selection
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Relations.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
International Relations (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Development Studies

Duration :
1 year full-time (2 years part-time)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
Prerequisite
See selection criteria.
Fee amount
15,140
Selection
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Development.
How to apply
Direct application process via the La Trobe website.
Full course details
Development Studies (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in International Relations

Duration :
1-year full-time (2 years part-time)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Relations program offers demanding study in the important and complex field of international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real world issues and seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to these issues. The degree provides formal academic preparation for people who wish to work in areas that require a detailed understanding of the international political and economic context.

The degree is particularly useful for professionals who seek to enhance their career opportunities, for those who have embarked on a career but wish to change sectors and recent graduates who wish to sharpen their skills.
Prerequisite
See selection criteria.
Fee amount
15, 140
Selection
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
This course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Relations.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
International Relations (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of International Relations

Duration :
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
At a time of unprecedented globalisation, it has never been more important to understand the context, strategy and possible future outcomes of international relations.

This course provides an advanced understanding of the key economic, political, strategic, cultural, legal and organisational dynamics that shape international affairs, with a primary focus on practical policy development and implementation.

Students who already have an international relations qualification will be able to develop deeper specialisations and expertise in policy development, research and analysis. Graduates from other disciplines will be equipped with an advanced grounding in international relations to equip them for new career opportunities in the field.

This program is one of the leading international relations programs in Australia, taught in small group format with no more than 30 students per class.
Prerequisite
An approved Bachelor's degree with 70 per cent average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. If you don't have a 70 per cent average, appropriate professional experience is considered.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $12,520 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
The Master of International Relations (Research Studies) is available via an additional semester (six months), and requires submission of a 15,000-word thesis worth 60 credit points.

Mid-year entry (July intake) is also available.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
International Relations (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Development Studies (080515K)

Duration :
6 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Development.
Full course details
Development Studies(Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Certificate in International Relations (080519F)

Duration :
6 months
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Relations program offers demanding study in the important and complex field of international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real world issues and seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to these issues. The degree provides formal academic preparation for people who wish to work in areas that require a detailed understanding of the international political and economic context.

The degree is particularly useful for professionals who seek to enhance their career opportunities, for those who have embarked on a career but wish to change sectors and recent graduates who wish to sharpen their skills.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Relations.
Full course details
International Relations (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Development Studies (080514M)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Development program at La Trobe University aims to provide you with a space to think through some of the critical issues relating to development theory and practice. We are not interested in focusing on theory at the expense of practice, or being na´ve about what the aid and development industry can achieve. Rather, our intention is to be critically reflective about development and by conversation, logic, analysis, practice and research, think through some of the key contemporary issues that our planet faces.

The development field needs thoughtful and reflexive practitioners. It needs people to ask the hard questions and to take risks in proposing alternative pathways. It needs people to resist inappropriate bureaucratisation and standardisation. And it needs people who are committed to social change. We hope in a small way to be part of the movement for a more progressive and engaged development practice that values genuine participation, local knowledge, and learning.
English Language Requirements
Applicants must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in all components of the test, or pass an OET with A or B only in each of the four components.

Please check the NMBA website for the latest requirements
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Development.
Full course details
Development Studies (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in International Relations (080518G)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
The postgraduate International Relations program offers demanding study in the important and complex field of international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real world issues and seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to these issues. The degree provides formal academic preparation for people who wish to work in areas that require a detailed understanding of the international political and economic context.

The degree is particularly useful for professionals who seek to enhance their career opportunities, for those who have embarked on a career but wish to change sectors and recent graduates who wish to sharpen their skills.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent) in the humanities and social sciences or a cognate discipline with a 60% average. Where a 60% average has not been achieved appropriate professional experience will be taken into account, especially if it involves substantial written work.
Additional information
Course can be used as a stepping stone into the Master of International Relations.
Full course details
International Relations (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of International Relations (079184A)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
22 750
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
At a time of unprecedented globalisation, it has never been more important to understand the context, strategy and possible future outcomes of international relations.

This course provides an advanced understanding of the key economic, political, strategic, cultural, legal and organisational dynamics that shape international affairs, with a primary focus on practical policy development and implementation.

Students who already have an international relations qualification will be able to develop deeper specialisations and expertise in policy development, research and analysis. Graduates from other disciplines will be equipped with an advanced grounding in international relations to equip them for new career opportunities in the field.

This program is one of the leading international relations programs in Australia, taught in small group format with no more than 30 students per class.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants are required to have successfully completed an Australian three-year undergraduate degree, or approved international equivalent in the humanities and social sciences or cognate discipline with a B Grade average.
Additional information
The Master of International Relations with Honours (Research Studies) (064660A) is available by an additional semester (six months), and requires submission of a 15 000-word thesis worth 60 credit points.
Full course details
International Relations (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

 

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

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