International relations

The study of international relations has never been more relevant than in today’s globalised world, and nowhere more so than in Asia and the Pacific. At ANU our unique master’s programs allow you to combine the study of international relations with a focus on the Asia Pacific region – giving you the skills to succeed in the Asian Century.

Established in 1949, and having provided an intellectual home to such important figures as Professor Hedley Bull, our Department of International Relations is Australia’s premier site for study in this field and one of the leading centres for the study of global politics in the world. The Department’s world-class reputation attracts leading scholars from around the world giving you direct access to a global network of international relations practitioners and providing you with a distinct advantage and opportunities to progress your career.

Enquire now to find out how the Master of International Relations will give you access to a niche network of scholars from diverse backgrounds and be taught by globally recognised experts who are regular contributors to policy-making in Australia and the region. Their knowledge encompasses international theory, international security, international political economy, comparative politics, foreign policy analysis, human rights, and international institutions.

To add to this dynamic program, guest speakers are regularly invited to share their professional knowledge with the student cohort. In the past, guests have included; the former Australian Foreign Minister and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group, a Senior Protection Officer from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Head of Office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Australia and a senior manager from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Equipped with the skills to succeed in modern international relations, and with one of the most respected degrees in international affairs in the world, our students go on to excel in government, international organisations, non-government organisations, media groups, private industry and businesses throughout the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Visit Programs and Courses for full program requirements, study options and course information.

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Michele Acuto

Practice makes perfect

"ANU is generally well-regarded in most of the disciplines I work in. The academic staff in IR have a global reputation, and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy has a key advantage of focusing on the practice of international relations beyond theory."

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Heidi Reid

A new world view

"I was looking for something that had a good balance of history and politics and philosophy, which international affairs does. And also, ANU has such a good reputation, particularly in this area."

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Shrutidhar Tripathi

Give and take

"Studying the Master of Diplomacy has helped me tremendously in building my experience and knowledge of negotiation, conflict-resolution and diplomatic practices."

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