University Handbook 2018

Graduate Diploma in International Relations

Course code/s: AGIR

Course Details
Location Bundoora
Course Coordinator

Daniel Bray

Course Code AGIR
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 080518G
Course duration 1 year or part time equivalent
Credit Points 120
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The postgraduate international relations program provides insights into the dynamics shaping international affairs. While drawing on theory, the primary focus is on real-world issues and the program seeks to provide students with academic insights to help devise concrete responses to the challenges of our times. 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.

Admission Requirements

La Trobe University offers a range of Postgraduate Pathways. The minimum entry requirement for a Graduate Diploma in International Relations is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at  the postgraduate level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. Applicants who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma of International Relations will normally be given the opportunity to upgrade their studies into a Master of International Development and  all subjects are credited into the Masters.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Daniel Bray (, to gain advice about how these admission requirements apply to their background and to assess any scope for advanced standing based on previous studies or experience.

Course Requirements

  • The Graduate Diploma is a 120 credit point course. Candidates for the Graduate Diploma must complete the subjects outlined in the grid below.
  • Local students may study in part-time mode and complete their course over a longer period. International students must maintain a full-time enrolment at all times.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Dr Daniel Bray  ( to tailor electives to support their interests and career aspirations.
  • LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Course Structure

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Graduate Diploma in International Relations (AGIR) Melbourne 2018 [PDF 113 KB]

Research Methods Contemporary International Relations Disciplinary elective from List A Elective from List B
Advanced Research Skills Security in the Asia Pacific Region Disciplinary elective from List A Elective from List B


List A

Disciplinary Elective
POL5WPS (S2) Security in a Borderless World
POL5CPE (S1) Political Economy (online)
POL5HSD (WK1) Human Security and Development (City Campus)
POL5ISD (WK2) Issues in International Studies and Development (City Campus)
POL5PIR (S1) Europe Divided: Integration, Democratisation and the Rise of Russian
Authoritarianism (1989-2014)
POL5QQA (S1) States in Transition: Peacebuilding After Civil War and Regime Change
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2, WK1 = Weeks 34-36, WK2 = Weeks 12-16

List B

Disciplinary Undergraduate Electives for Diploma Year
POL2DPS (S1) Deliberation, Participation, Statecraft
POL3HMP History of Modern Political Thought – not available in 2017
POL3IPP (S2) Issues in World Politics
S1 = Semester 1, S2 = Semester 2



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