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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMJourn/MIntRel
CRICOS code069118E
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Contact details

Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism


Telephone +61 3 9903 4948

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash


The Master of Journalism and Master of International Relations provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature of the international political system and some of the key issues in contemporary international relations, an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career, and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. It is has a national and international orientation designed to optimize the contribution graduates will make to their profession using a full range of media technologies and insights into approaches to international relations.


Graduates of the program will:

  • have an understanding of theories and issues in international relations, and be able to critically research, analyse and communicate them
  • have strong professional research and reporting skills in a range of media technologies and formats
  • be equipped with the necessary skills and attributes either to enter professional practice in the news media or, for qualified journalists, to extend their existing skills and intellectual understanding of journalistic practices
  • understand and be able to contribute to the important role of professional and ethical journalism in the service of the public right to know and democratic processes
  • have an effective understanding of the role of journalism and the media in local, national, regional and global contexts.


The course involves extensive research and reporting in the field.


Students complete core and elective units and one of the options outlined at level five. Students who achieve a distinction average in their level four units have the option of undertaking a 24-point research dissertation at level five.


Core and elective units

Students complete 72 points as outlined below including a minimum of 12 points at level five.

Students complete the following four units (24 points):

plus two of the following units (24 points):

  • PLM4030 Ethics in world politics
  • PLM4310 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • PLM4440 Global soul
  • PLM4600 Strategic studies (

plus one of following units (12 points):

  • PLM4210 Leaders, politics and publics
  • PLM4290 China: The quest for modernisation
  • PLM4340 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • PLM4420 Political Islam
  • PLM4430 Islam and modernity
  • one PLM unit not already selected from the above list

plus two of the following units (12 points):

Level five

Students choose one of the following options (24 points).

Option 1

Students complete both of the following units (12 points):

  • JRM5930 Journalism studies project
  • JRM5940 Journalism professional project

plus one of following units (12 points):

  • PLM5065 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • PLM5600 Strategic studies*
  • PLM5030 Ethics in world politics*

* This unit cannot be selected if already completed at level four.

Option 2

  • JRM5960 Journalism and International Relations Research Project (24 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who undertake the 24 point research project option and achieve at least a distinction are eligible to apply for a higher degree by research.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who have completed studies in this course to the value of:

  • 24 points may apply to exit with the relevant graduate certificate.
  • 48 points may apply to exit with the relevant graduate diploma.

Students will also exit the masters with the appropriate award if they do not maintain the required academic level.


Master of International Relations

Master of Journalism