Master of International Relations

La Trobe University

This course is designed for professionals seeking career advancement or specialist knowledge in various areas of international relations. Students will explore key elements of international economics and trade, cultural diversity, political negotiation and security agendas in a time of rapid globalisation. Students will also develop high-level strategic negotiation skills to implement social change across different cultures and societies. Graduates will have the skills to engage with current global issues, develop academic insights, and plan responses to real-world matters. Career opportunities exist within local and international inter-governmental agencies and NGOs like Oxfam, Amnesty International and the Red Cross, as well as in government departments such as the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Students may choose to move into roles in the corporate sector or with independent think tanks, academic institutions and the media.

Course Fee:

Australian: $39,200
International: $60,000

Entry Requirements:

An approved Bachelor's degree with 60% average in the humanities, social sciences or similar discipline; if students don't have a 60% average, appropriate professional experience is considered; NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place; Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students without a cognate background must complete 240 credit points; students with a cognate background must complete 180 credit points. Students will undertake seminars and web-based research.

Subjects you can Study:

International relations

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info Yes Full time 2 years
Melbourne No info Yes Part time 4 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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