La Trobe University

Master of International Relations (Research Studies)


Semester starts
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
2 years full-time
Annual tuition fee (A$)
30 800

This one-semester extension to the standard Masters of International Relations allows you to undertake a sustained research study in an area of interest. You will undertake a highly specialised supervised research thesis of 18,000 words, which makes you eligible for entry into Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) - Masters by Research and PhD. After gaining approval from the Course Coordinator and identifying a potential supervisor, you will transfer the subject credits from the standard Masters into the Masters (Research).

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

Students who wish to take the Masters of International Relations (Research Studies) must complete the requirements for the Master of International Relations excel in their studies and gain approval from the Course Coordinator, Dr Ben Habib (

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

30 800


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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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:

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