Master of International Relations at Australian National University, Australia

The Master of International Relations is Australia's only program that blends global politics, cutting-edge disciplinary theory and practice, and an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.



The Master of International Relations is Australia's only program that blends global politics, cutting-edge disciplinary theory and practice, and an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. 

As a student of international relations at ANU, you will be part of Australia's best program and get one of the field's most esteemed degrees upon completion. 

The curriculum allows you to connect with internationally recognized specialists in face-to-face seminars, giving you a complete understanding of today's significant concerns.

In this degree, students will learn how to analyze major political, security, and international relations developments in the region and around the world. 

The Master of International Relations program encourages and educates students to develop their own worldviews and evaluate today's most critical issues.

What you will Study

There are 96 units required for the Master of International Relations, which must include the following:

  1. You will receive 24 units if you complete the following Introductory Compulsory courses.

  1. You will gain 24 units by completing the following Disciplinary Foundation courses.

  1. After finishing one of the Pathway Specializations listed below, you will have earned 24 units.


  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • International Governance

  • International Political Economy

  • International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

  • International Security and World Affairs

  • Peace and Conflict Studies 

Learning outcomes

  1. Examine the current situation of international relations, especially in Asia and the Pacific.

  1. Identify and analyze the most critical concepts for understanding current international relations

  1. Apply the theory of international relations to contemporary challenges such as international security, global governance, international political economy, and human rights.

  1. Conduct extensive research and writing in order to conduct an independent study of international relations;

  1. research and evaluate new areas of interest from a scholarly and policy perspective.

  1. Justify the strategy and methods utilized while presenting results in academic and practical contexts, where applicable.

Career Opportunities

The skills you'll get from earning this degree will help you further your career in a number of different industries, such as:

  1. Consultancies / Private not for profit

  2. Diplomatic / Foreign service

  3. Foreign affairs, government and public service

  4. Intergovernmental agencies

  5. International trade and business

  6. International development and aid

  7. Journalism

  8. Multinational corporations

  9. University teaching and research

  10. Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centers

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) is necessary, with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

  1. English language proficiency is required for admission to the Australian National University.

As long as all other entrance requirements are met, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications or international equivalents that meet or surpass the declared entry standards of our programs, unless otherwise noted. 

When an applicant possesses more than one tertiary qualification, ANU will evaluate them depending on the one that best meets the program's admission requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • The annual indicative fee for domestic students - $33,520.00

  • The annual indicative fee for international students - $47,940.00


The Australian National University (ANU) offers a number of scholarships to assist students with covering the cost of their education.

Eligibility for ANU scholarships varies according to the scholarship's requirements, and you may be classed according to your student type. Each scholarship's application process is described in depth in the scholarship description.

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