Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations

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  • Objectives
    This program prepares students pursuing professions in Foreign Affairs, International Trade or in Government or Public Service. International Relations programs provide a global perspective with emphasis on regional points of view. This program is innovative, forward-looking and attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels.
  • 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 a 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. Subjects taken in the Postgraduate Diploma of International Relations may be credited toward the Master of International Relations.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    The study of International Relations provides students with an understanding of international life – politically, economically and culturally. This in an invaluable asset for graduates in a wide range of professions, including diplomacy, foreign affairs, defense, government service, business, journalism, teaching, politics, international trade or public service.


    International Students: Students must undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points) to fulfil student visa requirements.

    Domestic Students: Most Students undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may, however, enrol in fewer subjects (equivalent to 30 credit points) 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
    CORE (2)

    Research Methods in Humanities and Social Sciences

    This is a postgraduate research methods class designed for masters students pursuing advanced specialisations in the humanities or social sciences. The subject reviews the purposes for social research, competing paradigms, qualitative and quantitative res earch designs and tools for analysis.


    Outcomes include knowledge of the types of research conducted in the humanities and social sciences, the ability to conceptualise and design research projects and carry out elementary analyses and reporting.

    Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge

    This subject is concerned with how knowledge is generated and justified in different academic disciplines. It will explore ways of constructing and criticizing arguments and compare the methods employed in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Students will be exposed to basic philosophical ideas about knowledge, and will become familiar with perspectives drawn from the philosophy of science and sociology of knowledge.


    Students who successfully complete this subject will not only be better equipped to recognise and address the most fundamental questions that arise in their advanced study and research, but also to contribute in a more rigorous way to questions of public controversy.

    Foundation (6)

    Six (6) subjects from the INTR 71- section of the list of Postgraduate subjects

    Specialist International Relations majors are available in the following programs:

    Undergraduate Degrees

        * [HS-20001] Associate Degree
        * [HS-20003] Bachelor of Arts
        * [HS-20006] Bachelor of International Relations
        * [HS-20030] Bachelor of International Relations (Business)

    In addition, students can major in International Relations in many other undergraduate programs in the Faculty. Please see the undergraduate degree programs for more information.

    Postgraduate Degrees

        * [HS-23040] Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations
        * [HS-23013] Master of International Relations
        * [HS-23076] Master of International Relations (Business)
        * [HS-23077] Master of International Relations (Laws)
        * [HS-23078] Master of International Relations (Professional)
        * [HS-23024] Master of Arts (Coursework)
        * [HS-23038] Master of Arts (Research)
        * [HS-23029] Doctor of Philosophy

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