Master of International Relations (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course is designed both for those purely interested in acquiring a better understanding of global governance and politics and for those seeking a qualification to enhance their career prospects. Strongly performing students have the option of writing a dissertation which may lead to higher degree research programs, including PhD pathways.

Course overview

Course title
Master of International Relations (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MIntRelns
Course code
11580
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
069311D

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Kelly Gerard
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts Student Office
6488 2091 / 6488 2853
postgrad-arts@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognized by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPOLS5641International Security
Incompatibility:
POLS8604 Problems of International Security; POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
NSPOLS5651Global Political Economy
Incompatibility:
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
NSPOLS5661Foundations of International Relations
Incompatibility:
POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
NSPOLS5681Governance in the International System
NSPOLS5688The Evolution of International Society
Incompatibility:
POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System

Students in the Master of International Relations by coursework only take units up to the value of 42 points from Group A and B (maximum value of 12 points from Group B).

Students in the Master of International Relations by coursework and dissertation take units up to the value of 18 points from Group A and B (maximum value of 12 points from Group B). Take all units from Group C (24 points).

Note: Coursework students must select either capstone unit, POLS5682 Responding to International Crisis or SOCS5105 International Collaborative Study Experience.
Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPOLS5611Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
Incompatibility:
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
N/APOLS5612World Politics: Muslims in the West
Incompatibility:
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
N/APOLS5613Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean Region
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS8603 International Relations in the Asia–Pacific Region; POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific: the Role of Major Powers; POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
NSPOLS5682Responding to International Crises
Prerequisites:
completion of 48 points in the Master of International Relations, including POLS5661 Foundations of International Relations; POLS5688 The Evolution of International Society; POLS5641 International Security; POLS5651 Global Political Economy; POLS5681 Governance in the International System
NSPOLS5683US Foreign Policy
NSPOLS5684China and the World
N/APOLS5685Security and Crisis in the Asia–Pacific
Incompatibility:
POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific and POLS5632 Major Issues and Regional Organisations in the Asia–Pacific
NSPOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
N/APOLS5687Global Social Movements
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology or Master of International Development or double award Master of International Law and Master of International Relations or Master of Public Policy or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Master of Asian Studies
NSSOCS5105International Collaborative Study Experience
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points in the Master of International Relations (11580), including POLS5661 Foundations of International Relations
SSSOCS5200Digital Advocacy
Prerequisites:
24 credits at Level 5
NSSOCS5911Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of postgraduate study or approval by the unit coordinator. Students must submit a Researcher Profile Self-assessment prior to enrolment as part of an expression of interest in undertaking SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places. Eligible students must also complete the International Red Cross/Red Crescent 'Stay Safe—Personal Security' online module and present their certificate to the unit coordinator prior to commencement date. To register and access the online training go to: https://ifrc.csod.com/selfreg/register.aspx?c=sr-en.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5912 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places Part 2
Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSCHIN5001Chinese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
CHIN1401 Chinese 1
NSCHIN5002Chinese for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
CHIN5001 Chinese for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
CHIN1402 Chinese 2
NSINDO5001Indonesian for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
INDO1401 Indonesian 1
NSINDO5002Indonesian for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
INDO5001 Indonesian for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
INDO1402 Indonesian 2
NSJAPN5001Japanese for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
JAPN1401 Japanese 1
NSJAPN5002Japanese for Professionals 2
Prerequisites:
JAPN5001 Japanese for Professionals 1 or equivalent as determined by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
JAPN1402 Japanese 2
NSKORE5001Korean for Professionals 1
Incompatibility:
KORE1401 Korean 1
NSKORE5002Korean for Professionals 2
Incompatibility:
KORE1402 Korean 2
Note: Students must achieve 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design to be eligible to enrol in the Master's dissertation units.
Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of a relevant major;

or

(b) (i) a Graduate Certificate in International Relations or Graduate Diploma in International Relations, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 11380 Graduate Diploma in International Relations (48 points)
  • 11580 Master of International Relations (96 points)
  • 12280 Graduate Certificate in International Relations (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of International Relations course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for units up to a total value of 24 points in the case of students who have completed a relevant honours degree as recognised by the Faculty.

Master of International Law

14. Graduates enrolled in the Master of International Law may be granted credit of 12 to 24 points towards the Master of International Relations for successful completion of relevant units, as advised and approved by the Faculty.