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)
- 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.