Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMInternatRel
CRICOS code048453G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Melva Renshaw. Telephone: +61 3 9905 4279. Email:

Course coordinator

Dr Andrew Butfoy


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at

The course explores the nature of international politics and some of the key issues in the field. Individual units deal with a range of topics such as global security, economics and ethics.


Students successfully completing this course should have:

  • a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic field
  • a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study
  • advanced reading, communication and analytical skills relevant to the field of study.


This course consists of:

(a.) two core units (24 points) and two elective units at level four (24 points)

(b.) 24 points at level five by undertaking one of the following options:

  • two units
  • a unit and a 9000 word research project
  • an 18,000 word research dissertation.

Unless otherwise indicated, all units are 12 points. Not all units will be available every year.


Core units

Students complete a minimum of two of:

  • APG4324 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4332 Strategic studies
  • APG4337 Conflict resolution in the Middle East


  • APG4329/APG5329 Political Islam
  • APG4334 Southeast Asian politics
  • APG4335/APG5335 Interfaith relations in the 21st century
  • APG4336/APG5336 Islam and modernity
  • APG4337/APG5337 Conflict resolution in the Middle East *
  • APG4666/APG5666 Terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence
  • APG4667/APG5667 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence
  • APG4898/APG5898 The European Union and the developing world
  • APG4922/APG5922 Peace and conflict theory
  • APG5324 Advanced seminar in international political economy *
  • APG5327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence *
  • APG5332 Strategic studies *
  • APG5848 Research dissertation (18,000 words, 24 pts)**
  • APG5849 Research dissertation-Part 1**
  • APG5850 Research dissertation-Part 2**
  • APG5856 Research project (9000 words)**

Students may select 12 points in units from outside this list, if (a) the unit(s) are closely related to international relations, and (b) have been approved by the course coordinator. The following units are relevant here:

From European studies

From Business and Economics

  • MGX9110 Diplomacy and statecraft (6 points)
  • MGX5760 International institutions and organisations (6 points)
  • MGX5730 International trade policy (6 points)

From Law

  • LAW7028 International trade law (6 points)
  • LAW7218 International humanitarian law (6 points)
  • LAW7253 Human rights in the global economy (6 points)
  • LAW7326 World trade organization (WTO) law (6 points)
  • LAW7343 The use of force in international law (6 points)
  • LAW7425 International refugee law and human rights (6 points)
  • LAW7464 Genocide in international law (6 points)

From the Masters in International Crisis Management

  • APG4655/APG5655 Theories and principles of international crisis management
  • APG4656/APG5656 International crisis management in action
  • APG4657 Beyond conflict: Democracy, electoral management and civil society

Recommended level five electives for students considering a research degree

  • APG5600 Advanced research methods in social and political sciences
  • APG5856 Research project (9000 words)**

* if not previously taken as a core unit

** Entry into APG5848, APG5849, APG5850 and APG5850 will be reserved for students who have achieved 75% or more in the core units.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with course 3765 Graduate Certificate in International Relations.
  • 48 points with course 1400 Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.


Master of International Relations