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 title
- Master of International Relations (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
- Award abbreviation
- Course code
- Course type
- master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
- current / 2018
- Administered by
- Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
- CRICOS code
- 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
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
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr David Mickler
- Visit the fees calculator.
Enquiries and course advice
- Course advice
- Arts Student Office
- 6488 2091 / 6488 2853
Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.
|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):
|NS||POLS5651||Global Political Economy|
|NS||POLS5661||Foundations of International Relations|
|NS||POLS5681||Governance in the International System|
|NS||POLS5688||The Evolution of International Society|
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).
|NS||POLS5611||Religion, Global Identities and World Politics|
|N/A||POLS5612||World Politics: Muslims in the West|
|N/A||POLS5613||Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean Region|
|NS||POLS5631||International Relations of the Asia–Pacific|
|NS||POLS5671||Peace and Security in Africa|
|NS||POLS5672||Global Development Debates|
|NS||POLS5682||Responding to International Crises|
|NS||POLS5683||US Foreign Policy|
|NS||POLS5684||China and the World|
|N/A||POLS5685||Security and Crisis in the Asia–Pacific|
|NS||POLS5686||International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights|
|N/A||POLS5687||Global Social Movements|
|NS||SOCS5010||NGOs, Governance and Development|
|NS, S1, S2, SS||SOCS5101||Social Sciences Professional Placement 1|
|NS||SOCS5105||International Collaborative Study Experience|
|NS||CHIN5001||Chinese for Professionals 1|
|NS||CHIN5002||Chinese for Professionals 2|
|NS||INDO5001||Indonesian for Professionals 1|
|NS||INDO5002||Indonesian for Professionals 2|
|NS||JAPN5001||Japanese for Professionals 1|
|NS||JAPN5002||Japanese for Professionals 2|
|NS||KORE5001||Korean for Professionals 1|
|NS||KORE5002||Korean for Professionals 2|
|S1, S2||SOCS5551||Master's Dissertation 1|
|S1, S2||SOCS5552||Master's Dissertation 2|
|S1, S2||SOCS5553||Master's Dissertation 3|
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).
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 ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
- 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.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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
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.