Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and 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

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) Web address:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Philip Chubb


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of six years to complete this course.
  • Students will be required to undertake off-campus fieldwork.


This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature of the international political system and some of the key issues in contemporary international relations. It is intended as 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.


Refer to the outcomes for the single degrees 3932 Master of Journalism and 3093 Master of International Relations.


The course involves extensive research and reporting in the field.


Students must complete core and elective units (72 points) and one of the options outlined at level five (24 points). Students who achieve a distinction average in their level four units have the option of undertaking a 24-point research dissertation at level five.

All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated.


Level four

Core and elective units

Students must complete the following four 6-point units (24 points):

plus two of the following units (24 points):

  • 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

plus one of following units (12 points):

  • APG4329 Political Islam
  • APG4336 Islam and Modernity
  • APG4667 Fringe politics and extremist violence: An introduction to terrorism
  • one level-four international relations unit not already selected from the above lists

plus two of the following 6-point units (12 points):

Level five

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

Option one

Students must complete the following two 6-point 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*
  • APG5332 Strategic studies*
  • APG5327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence*
  • APG5337 Conflict resolution in the Middle East*
  • APG5856 Research project

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

Option two

Students must complete one of the following (24 points):

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

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 may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in International Relations
  • 48 points with a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations or a Graduate Diploma in Journalism


Master of International Relations
Master of Journalism