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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 is designed for people who want the expertise to analyse the increasingly complex problems of international relations and national security.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand contemporary international relations, global trends, diplomacy, security challenges and strategic affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective.

You’ll explore the key characteristics of the international system, nation state, balance of power and domestic influences on foreign policy. You’ll also study optional units that support your career goals, analysing topics such as the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific, South Asia, West Asia and Eurasia; strategic geography; globalised terrorism; energy security and intelligence.

You can choose to study International Relations and National Security at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree level. The master degree is divided into dissertation and coursework streams.

If you enrol in the master degree and need to withdraw, you may be able to exit with either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma, depending how much of the master degree you completed.

Students who complete the master degree to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

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

The future of international relations and national security

From climate change to terrorism, cyber threats to the plight of refugees and mass human displacement, the international system is growing evermore complex. To address contemporary challenges, international relations and national security professionals require diverse theoretical and practical training that responds to real-world situations.

Industries

  • Foreign affairs and policy
  • International trade
  • Intelligence and research
  • Security and defence
  • Media and journalism
  • Global NGOs

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

Fee year: 2019

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

Fee year: 2019

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,200*
Total indicative course fee $42,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $28,400*

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $14,800*
Total indicative course fee $44,400*
Indicative year 1 fee $29,600*

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).

It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting 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: 21/09/2019