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Graduate Diploma in International Relations
Graduate Diploma in International Relations

Graduate Diploma in International Relations

  • ID:UWA610123
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

(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.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

The Graduate Diploma in International Relations explores the key realms of international relations theory, global governance, peace and security, political economy, international development, and identity and religion in world politics with opportunities to study regional policies in greater depth. The Graduate Diploma is an advanced qualification in international relations and upon successful completion can be recognised as credit towards the Master of International Relations. 

The course develops your capacity to collect and interpret information; to analyse arguments, policies and developments; and to construct cogent verbal and written arguments on international relations subjects. The course also enhances your understanding of the ways in which knowledge of international relations is utilised, including in professional employment. These are skills of value in a range of occupations in business, government and non-government organisations. 

You'll explore the mechanisms and decisions through which trade, production and finance have been globalised, and the impacts of these processes. You'll also study key relationships between security and globalisation, transnationalism and regionalism, as well as core concepts such as the security dilemma, securitisation and security communities.


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Course structure details


Take all units (30 points):

  • POLS5641 International Security (6)

  • POLS5651 Global Political Economy (6)

  • POLS5661 International Relations: Theory and Practice (6)

  • POLS5681 Governance in the International System (6)

  • POLS5688 The Evolution of International Society (6)

Option - Group A

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

  • MIXD5005 Designing Social Research (6)

  • POLS5010 NGOs, Governance and Development (6)

  • POLS5105 International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region (6)

  • POLS5301 Democracy in Divided Societies (6)

  • POLS5611 Religion, Global Identities and World Politics (6)

  • POLS5612 World Politics: Muslims in the West (6)

  • POLS5631 International Relations of the Asia–Pacific (6)

  • POLS5671 Peace and Security in Africa (6)

  • POLS5683 US Foreign Policy (6)

  • POLS5684 China and the World (6)

  • POLS5686 International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights (6)

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum A (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Journalist

  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

  • Intelligence Analyst

  • Parliamentarian

  • Policy Analyst

  • Policy and Planning Manager

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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