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Master of International Relations and National Security

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    18 months full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

Step onto the international stage with the challenging and career-focused Master of International Relations and National Security course from Curtin University.

This course includes an in-depth study into contemporary international themes, including ethnopolitics, security and conflict, terrorism, and international political and economic systems. You'll develop a thorough understanding of issues and developments within the field of international relations, whilst building a skill base to practically apply your knowledge in the workplace.

With a diverse and flexible subject offering, you will be able to specialise your education in an area you're passionate about.

After graduating, you'll be well placed to seek employment in a range of fields relating to security, foreign affairs and work in an international economy.

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary education institution; AND
  • Have at least one year of work experience.

If you have completed Curtin University's Graduate Diploma in International Relations or the first four units of that course you will also be considered for entry.

Regardless of your chosen area of study, Curtin University also requires that you demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this international relations course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • National security and strategy
  • Contemporary issues in international relations
  • Contemporary security challenges

Elective units:

  • Globalised terrorism
  • Intelligence and analysis
  • Strategic geography
  • Asia-Pacific studies
  • Russian and Eurasian studies
  • Cultures of violence and conflict
  • Security and conflict in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf
  • Geo-strategy and energy security
  • Ethnopolitical movements
  • Regional study in the Indo-Pacific
  • Advanced individual project 1
  • Advanced individual project 2
  • Individual project

You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

Ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2016, Curtin University is a top-tier institution that puts innovation at the heart of its teaching philosophy.

Thanks to a combination of strong industry partnerships and a commitment to carrying out high-impact research, Curtin brings together some of the most respected researchers from around the globe and offers its students the opportunity to study and conduct research through more than 60 research centres, institutes and collaborations.

Curtin University’s core mission is to transform lives and communities through education. Its dedication to education access is reflected in the university’s array of scholarships and financial assistance programs, its years of experience offering courses online, and innovative initiatives such as its Autism Academy program – a program that aims to harness the unique talents of young people with Autism to provide pathways into the ICT industry.

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Curtin University offers a broad range of student support services to help you perform at your best.Online students have 24-hour access to Curtin’s online learning platform, Blackboard, where they can interact with coursework, submit assignments and collaborate with fellow students. If you encounter any technical problems, Curtin’s IT support team is contactable from 6am-11pm every day during the semester. Curtin also runs free study skills workshops and student mentoring programs on campus to help you progress through your course.

The university also provides support for online and on-campus students that extends beyond your academic studies. This includes free counseling sessions, disability support services and careers advice through its Careers Centre.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of International Relations and National Security from Curtin University.

After graduating, you will be well placed to pursue careers in foreign policy and defence, international trade, teaching, consulting, business, and in the public and NGO sectors.

Additionally, you'll graduate with a deep understanding of humanity and global interaction, with this course providing a transformative opportunity for you to graduate as an engaged global citizen.

Further study may be available for students seeking to complete a doctoral degree, which could lead to careers in academia, consulting and high-level strategic planning.

Curious about where a career in international studies could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Journalist
  • Security Consultant
  • Public Servant
  • State Government Public Servant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Curtin University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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