Master of International Relations
Our Master of International Relations is designed for professionals seeking career advancement or specialist knowledge in various areas of international relations. When you graduate you'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and development - locally and internationally.
Throughout the course you'll explore key elements of international economics and trade, cultural diversity, political negotiation and security agendas in a time of rapid globalisation.
You'll graduate with the skills to engage with current global issues, develop academic insights, and plan responses to real-world matters. You'll also develop high-level strategic negotiation skills to implement social change across different cultures and societies.
Career opportunities exist within local and international inter-governmental agencies and NGOs like Oxfam, Amnesty International and the Red Cross, as well as in government departments such as the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You may choose to move into roles in the corporate sector or with independent think tanks, academic institutions and the media.
You'll study for 2 years full-time or the part-time equivalent. You may be able to gain Advanced Standing (credit) for previous studies.
Academic entry requirement
An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline. If you don't have a 60% average, appropriate professional experience is considered.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
English language requirement
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 the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. 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.
This course is designed for professionals seeking career progression, or specialist knowledge in various areas of international relations. You'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and local and international development. Career opportunities exist within NGOs and local and international inter-governmental agencies like Oxfam, Red Cross and Amnesty International, as well as in government agencies such as the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Our graduates have moved into careers in policy, diplomacy and defence - in Australia and overseas. You may also choose to move into roles in academia, media, the corporate sector or with various think tanks.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 079184A