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COURSE

Master of International Relations and National Security

MC-INTRNS

TAUGHT BY: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year, 6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

300

About offering

This course builds on the graduate certificate and graduate diploma to provide you with the opportunity to undertake an individual research project under the guidance of one of our highly experienced staff.

These courses allow graduates from all disciplines to develop their expertise in international relations and global security. Area studies of important regions will be combined with analysis of diverse security challenges emerging in the 21st Century.

The Master of International Relations and National Security is divided into two streams: a dissertation (100 credit points), and a coursework stream (100 credit points). The dissertation stream is available to those students who have gained a course weighted average of 70 percent and above during their postgraduate studies in the Graduate Program in International Relations and National Security (IRNS). The coursework stream requires students to complete an Individual Project (50 credit points), as well as the completion of two IRNS elective units.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of international relations and national security in work related settings; foster gained knowledge and develop strong independent research skills through minor and major research projects
  • critically analyse and interpret major political, security, socio-economic and policy issues using an international relations and security studies framework; think creatively to develop effective policy solutions to national and international challenges
  • identify, systemise, process, and critically evaluate and synthesise relevant data from a range of appropriate sources; create an effects-based policy product
  • communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex international relations and national security data or theories
  • use relevant technologies to effectively collect and interrogate data, and communicate findings
  • develop strong independent learning and analytical skills
  • develop skills to think strategically and in the global context
  • develop strong appreciation of working in multi-cultural national and international environments
  • develop and practice effective independent multi-tasking and team management skills; develop leadership skills and strong professional ethics

Why study Master of International Relations and National Security

  • These courses have an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives from political science, anthropology, geography and history.
  • Our international staff provide expert teaching from all other the world, including Japan, Russia, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer this course at a postgraduate level.

Career information

Upon graduation you will be well-placed to seek a career in government, foreign policy, defence and security, law enforcement, international non-government organisations, media, or consulting.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Applicants require a four year bachelor degree in any field OR a 3 year bachelor degree in any field PLUS one of the following, Honours, a Graduate Certificate in any field, a Graduate Diploma in any field or 1 year relevant work experience. Applicants who have completed the Graduate Diploma in International Relations or the first four units in that course will also be considered for entry.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Essential course prerequisites

A bachelor degree or equivalent plus at least one year of work experience, or the Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security or at least the first four units of that course.

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Student type Cost

Domestic

What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?

A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.

Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.

$17,700*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

International student fees for 2019

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $28,400*
Indicative essential incidental course fee N/A

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent per annum. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Find information on how you can apply to study at Curtin with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma if you are applying for an undergraduate degree.

Applicants with other international qualifications

Find information on what qualifications you can use to apply for a Curtin course.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-INTRNS
  • CRICOS code: 074662E
  • This offering was last updated on: January 20, 2019