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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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)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Chris Nash, Professor of Journalism;; +61 3 9903 4948

Course coordinator

Professor Chris Nash


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


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 optimise 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.

Students complete the following four units (24 points):

plus two of the following units (24 points):

  • APG4323 Ethics in world politics
  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4330 Global soul
  • APG4332 Strategic studies

plus one of following units (12 points):

  • APG4326 China: The quest for modernisation
  • APG4336 Islam and modernity
  • APG4329 Political Islam
  • APG4667 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • 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):

  • APG5813 Journalism studies project
  • APG5814 Journalism professional project

plus one of following units (12 points):

  • APG5324 Advanced seminar in international political economy
  • APG5323 Ethics in world politics*
  • APG5332 Strategic studies*

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

Option 2

  • APG5818 Journalism and international relations research project (24 points), or APG5819 Journalism and international relations research project part 1 (12 points) and APG5820 Journalism and international relations research project part 2 (12 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.


Master of International Relations
Master of Journalism