Master of International Relations

La Trobe University

Program Overview

Take your career to the global stage.

We live in one vast, interconnected world. While nation states and local economies still dominate the overall playing field, there’s an ever-increasing flow between countries – of trade, capital, information and people. And it’s irreversibly transforming our lives. In this time of unprecedented change, there are more global challenges and they need urgent solutions. While we can’t predict the future, we do know this – we need more highly skilled professionals who can help us navigate this complex and delicate environment, and ensure we build a better world for all.

If you're keen to address the biggest global challenges of our time, La Trobe's Master of International Relations will give you the interdisciplinary skillset to make a real difference. Develop a solid grounding in international political theory and learn how to navigate the complex power dynamics between governments, multilateral organisations, international businesses and international NGOs. You'll graduate with the skills to work on current global issues and create positive change across cultures and societies.

In this comprehensive degree, you'll focus on public policy that promotes social justice and explore key themes of poverty, gender, inequality and the threat of war. Understand how foreign policy is made and build your knowledge of international law. Examine the role of international institutions in humanitarian law, international environmental law, refugee law and the laws of war. Then explore the sprawling networks of global economic interdependence, while investigating both the harms and benefits of globalisation. You'll understand the issues from a meta perspective, so you can create policies for governments and intergovernmental organisations such as the World Bank, ASEAN and the United Nations.

Learn from high-profile academic staff with extensive research and teaching experience. Outstanding educators who are passionate and deeply knowledgeable about their subject matter, they also have vast professional networks which students can access via placements and research. You'll learn from renowned commentators who are frequently quoted in local and international media, and whose expertise is sought by government committees.

Pursue your area of interest and gain high-level skills when you choose a specialisation, such as international development, political communication, international business or advanced research. You'll graduate with your specialisation on your academic transcript, so future employers can recognise your expertise.

If you choose to specialise in advanced research, you'll complete a research thesis where you can address core public policy issues and develop your professional networks. A thesis could also provide a pathway to study a Master's by Research or PhD once you've successfully completed your Master's by Coursework.

In this highly practical degree, you'll gain the skills you need to build a successful career with an international focus. Expand your networks and build your experience while you study, with the opportunity to undertake a work placement both in Australia and overseas. Further your career with a placement that's tailored to your ambition, interest and experience.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 32,800


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Australian Politics And Foreign Policy
  • International Law And Organisations
  • International Relations And The Global Economy
  • International Relations: Past And Present
  • International Security In The Indo-Pacific Region
  • Security In A Borderless World
  • Theories Of World Politics
  • Totalitarianism Reborn: Russia, China, And The New Cold Wars

Academic entry requirement


Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or 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's degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including academic record, English proficiency and/or employment experience.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants with an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline or related area will receive credit of up to 60 credit points.

The following subjects will be credited as advanced standing for cognate students:

  • POL4002 International Law and Organisations

  • POL4004 Theories of World Politics

  • 30 credit points of non-specified Level 5 subjects (electives)

  • Applicants with an Australian Honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline or related area will receive credit of up to 120 credit points, including the subjects listed above.

  • Applicants with over 2 years of relevant work experience may be eligible to receive credit of up to 60 credit points

Annual tuition fee
A$35 800 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

After graduation, you'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and local and international development. Work in Australia or overseas, with opportunities in non-government organisations and government agencies such as state governments, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

You could build a career in fields including:

  • Foreign affairs
  • International trade
  • Policy analyst
  • Humanitarian support
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