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Graduate Certificate of International Relations


The Graduate Certificate of International Relations (6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent) equips you with the skills for analytical thinking and research, while providing an unparalleled insight into global and Asia-Pacific affairs. This is your opportunity to learn at one of the world’s leading centres for international affairs and to make sense of the big political and security trends taking place in the region and the world.

Career opportunities

This degree prepares you with a skillset and expertise for a career in:

  • Foreign affairs
  • Government and public service
  • Journalism
  • Private and not-for-profit organisations
  • International trade and business
  • Consultancies

What you’ll learn

The Graduate Certificate of International Relations is a 24-unit program that provides you with the framework to identify, understand and reflect critically on the actors and processes that make up world politics.

You will be equipped with the ability to communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying the approach and methods used to generate their analyses of the important issues shaping our world today.

Drawing on the regional experts at The Australian National University (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific you will be able to combine the study of both global and Asia-Pacific politics.

View the complete course list at ANU Programs and Courses.  

Graduate Certificate fee discount

Domestic applicants offered a place to study in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees. This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part-time. If you do not complete the degree by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester (winter/spring) 2022. Indicative fee information can be viewed on the Admissions & Fees tab at ANU Programs and Courses.

Pathway to a Master degree

You may wish to consider extending your Graduate Certificate to complete a Graduate Diploma or Master degree. Your 24 units of study in the Graduate Certificate of International Relations may count as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs or the Master of International Relations.

Want to know more?

Email us at asiapacific@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk with current students, program advisers, or the academics who teach this program, or enquire now to hear more from ANU.

Ready to apply?

Domestic students can apply for this program at UAC. International students can apply through the ANU online application portal.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team