International Relations and National Security
Masters by Coursework
- Master of International Relations and National Security
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 1 year, 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Advance your expertise in analysing global trends, international diplomacy and addressing security challenges.
Learn from staff experienced in the relations of countries including Japan, Russia, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom.
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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Top 1 %
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).
This course is designed for people who want the expertise to understand, analyse and critically assess 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-states, balance of power, security and the domestic influences on foreign policy.
You’ll also study optional units that support your career goals, analysing topics such as the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region through to intelligence, terrorism, strategic geography and energy security.
You can choose to study this course at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree level. The master degree is divided into dissertation and coursework streams.
Students who complete the master degree via the dissertation stream to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- This course has an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives from political science, history, geography and anthropology.
- Our academics are also practitioners in their field of study, with many years of real-world experience.
- Our international staff provide expert teaching and learning from all over the world, including Japan, Indonesia, Russia and the UK.
- Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer such a course at a postgraduate level.
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. This course provides such theoretical underpinnings and practical skills which gives you much sought after employment capabilities.
- Foreign affairs
- National security
- Law enforcement
- State and federal public service
- Media and journalism
- International trade
- Global NGOs
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
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|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.
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:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$14,500*|
|Total indicative course fee||$43,500*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$29,000*|
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.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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- CRICOS code: 074662E
- Last updated on: January 22, 2020