Graduate Diploma in International Relations

This course is intended for those who already hold a degree but who wish to undertake further study so that they can proceed to a master's degree, or who wish to obtain advanced qualifications in the field of international relations. The 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. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional and other areas and has application to a variety of employment options.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in International Relations
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate diploma
current / 2021
Administered by
Social Sciences

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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr David Mickler
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts Student Office
6488 2091 / 6488 2853
[email protected]

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 2021;
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 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (30 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPOLS5641International Security
POLS8604 Problems of International Security; POLS5642 Contemporary Issues in International Security
NSPOLS5651Global Political Economy
POLS8605 States and International Political Economy; POLS5652 International Political Economy: Dynamics of Crises
seminars: 20 hours
NSPOLS5661International Relations: Theory and Practice
POLS8606 Theory and Method in International Relations; POLS5661 Theory in International Relations A: Contending Approaches; POLS5662 Theory in International Relations B: Explanation and Understanding
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5681Governance in the International System
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5688The Evolution of International Society
POLS5621 Evolution and Structure of the International Political System
seminars: 18 hours

Take units to the value of 18 points from Group A.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): 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; for other students: none.
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
up to 30 hours
NSPOLS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5105International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region
Enrolment in: 11580 Master of International Relations, 21540 Master of International Relations and Master of International Law, 11380 Graduate Diploma in International Relations, or 12580 Master of Asian Studies.
20 hours delivered intensively across 1 to 2 weeks
SSPOLS5301Democracy in Divided Societies
This unit is delivered intensively over 2 weeks.
NSPOLS5611Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
18 hours
N/APOLS5612World Politics: Muslims in the West
POLS8601 Identities in Global Politics: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Religion
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5631International Relations of the Asia–Pacific
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
N/APOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
seminars: 18 hours
N/APOLS5683US Foreign Policy
seminars: 18 hours
NSPOLS5684China and the World
seminars:18 hours
NSPOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
seminars: 18 hours (over the course of a semester)
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

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


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to International Relations; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in International Relations at UWA.

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 Graduate Diploma in 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 48 points.

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

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.