Master of International Relations (Professional)

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  • Objectives
    The Master of International Relations (Professional) is an innovative degree, designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in International Relations, while simultaneously developing workplace and business skills highly valued by employers. The Master of International Relations (Professional) consists of 4 semesters and 20 weeks. Candidates will undertake specialist training in the area of International Relations, culminating with a professional suite comprising of a professional portfolio, field project and field project report. This program has been developed in collaboration with industry and is designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities. At the end of the degree, candidates will have a professional portfolio detailing their research and practical expertise in their chosen vocational area.
  • Practical experience
    Work experience and Internships Some students without practical workplace experience, or with workplace experience in a field different from their studies, choose to undertake an internship as part of their degree. This intensely practical professional development approach fosters graduates who are ready, willing and able to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in the workplace.
  • Entry requirements
    Completion of an undergraduate degree program at an approved institution with at least a major in International Relations or similar and normally with a record of performance at Credit (65%) level or better, subject to the decision of the Dean.
  • Academic title
    Master of International Relations (Professional)
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    The study of International Relations provides students with an understanding of international life – politically, economically and culturally.  This degree will allow students to develop workplace skills which are highly valued by employers.  Completion of this degree could see graduates entering a wide range of professions, including diplomacy, foreign affairs, defence, government service, business, journalism, teaching, politics, international trade or public service.


    Most students undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may, however, enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period. Bond's Teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

    Program Structure
    15 Subjects, 165 Credit Points
    Core (2)

    Students must complete the following compulsory subjects in the first two semesters of enrolment:

        * HUMR71-100 Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences
        * HUMR71-110 Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge

    Foundation (6)

    Six (6) foundation subjects from the INTR71- section of the list of H&SS Postgraduate subjects
    Professional (3)

    Three (3) professional subjects

        * INTR71-230 Professional Portfolio (15cp),
        * INTR71-500 Field Project (15cp) and
        * INTR71-501 Field Project Report (15cp).


    Four (4) subjects in the final semester:

    2 subjects drawn from INTR71- codes plus 2 other subjects of which at least 1 must come from the H&SS list of postgraduate subjects

    for students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 in completed subjects they may undertake the dissertation subjects.

        * HUMR71-701 Masters Research Dissertation A
        * HUMR71-702 Masters Research Dissertation B
        * HUMR71-703 Masters Research Dissertation C and
        * HUMR71-704 Masters Research Dissertation D

    NOTE: Within the above structure, students may seek to complete majors within the following:

    Subjects drawn from the following:

        * INTR71 - 330 Global Statecraft
        * INTR71 - 210 East-West Diplomatic Relations
        * INTR71 - 203 Concepts of World Governance
        * INTR71 - 306 Trends for the International Future
        * INTR71 - 350 Political Economy of International Development

    Global Governance and Regional Politics:

    Subjects drawn from the following:

        * INTR71 - 330 Global Statecraft
        * INTR71 - 212 Advanced European Political Economy
        * INTR71 - 310 Advanced Global Politics
        * INTR71 - 305 Australia & Asia-Pacific Regionalism
        * INTR71 - 340 China and East Asia
        * INTR71 - 201 Prospects for South Asia
        * INTR71 - 304 Themes in Eurasian International Relations
        * INTR71 - 221 Latin America in Global Politics

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