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Master of International Relations and Diplomacy
Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

  • ID:UC640113
  • Level:Master's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,800.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$600.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,800.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$600.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

To qualify to enrol, you will need either:

  • a bachelor's degree in any subject, normally with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject; or
  • a bachelor's degree and a qualifying course, with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points of 300-level courses; or
  • a bachelor's degree, and evidence of relevant professional or other work experience; or
  • admission Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing) as fulfilling these requirements.

All students will also need approval from the Programme Director and the Dean of Arts (Academic).

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

Drawing on UC's teaching and research strengths, graduates can obtain a master's-level capstone qualification in the popular area of international relations and diplomacy. This degree will offer students an innovative, interdisciplinary programme of taught courses with a strong professional emphasis.

Note: This is a sister qualification to the Master of Policy and Governance, which caters for students interested in advancing a policy and/or governance career in local, regional, national, and third sector/not-for-profit sectors.

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All students must complete:

  • the compulsory 30-point course POLS 441 Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy
  • the 60-point research dissertation POLS 688 Dissertation (15–20,000 words)

And another 90 points of elective courses:

  • 60 points chosen from Schedule E Group 1 (400-level Political Science and International Relations courses)
  • 30 points chosen from Schedule E Group 2 (400-level courses from different disciplines such as European and European Union Studies, History, Professional and Community Engagement, and Pacific Studies, and 600-level courses from International Relations and Politics)

Field trip

  • Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Wellington field trip is a two-day trip, which includes meetings with senior figures in Manatū Aorere | Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Manatū Kaupapa Waonga | Ministry of Defence, a variety of Embassies and High Commissions, and senior figures in government, including the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition.
  • The field trip also includes a formal networking and senior peer mentoring event with UC alumni now working in Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Wellington. This is an effective professional networking event.
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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The MIRAD caters perfectly for students interested in careers in foreign affairs or inter-state coordination.

While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Manatū Aorere does not require specific tertiary pathways, applicants can find it advantageous to have a postgraduate degree in an analytical subject such as law, political science, international relations, economics, or science.

Graduates will leave UC having:

  • advanced knowledge of current research in international relations
  • advanced knowledge of current professional practice in diplomacy and related fields
  • the ability to understand theoretical and practical problems in international relations and diplomacy
  • proven expertise in research processes (eg, formulating a research question, data collection and analysis, case study analysis, and hypothesis testing)
  • engaged with senior university staff and senior figures in politics and policy.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 600 NZD/per year

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