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Why study this program?

Studying International Relations at ANU means that you will be studying the best program of its kind in Australia and graduating with one of the most respected IR degrees in the world. The Master of International Relations is the only IR program in Australia that combines the study of global politics with leading disciplinary innovations in theory and practice, and an engagement with the Asia-Pacific region. The program equips you with a keen understanding of the pressing issues of our time by providing you with access to globally recognised experts in these fields.

ANU is ranked #1 in Australia and #10 in the world for Politics*.
(*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Studying the Master of International Relations at ANU helps you to develop strong analytical skills for understanding how changes in global dynamics and foreign policy decisions drive political developments in the Asia-Pacific region, and around the world.

The program attracts a diverse student cohort from more than 30 countries and covers:

  • Foreign policy analysis
  • Global ethics
  • Global governance
  • Global security
  • International political economy
  • International relations of the Asia-Pacific
  • International Relations theories
  • The historical development of global order

Students also have the option to undertake a 24-unit thesis as part of the program. You can frame your own research topic and are matched with an academic supervisor with expertise in the relevant field.


A vibrant and exciting internship program is offered for successful students. Students have access to a range of internships with international and local NGOs, Australian government departments, the private sector, embassies and the broader ANU community.  Internships are awarded for course credit on a competitive basis and are unpaid. Students may also arrange their own internships, subject to departmental approval, and all students have access to ANU ANIP program

With one of the most respected degrees in international relations in the world, our students go on to excel in politics, government ministries, international organisations, non-government organisations, media groups, private industry, and businesses throughout the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

You will have the necessary skills to advance your career in a wide range of fields such as:

  • Consultancies
  • Diplomatic and foreign service
  • Government and public service
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International trade and business
  • International development and aid
  • Journalism
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not-for-profit organisations
  • University teaching and research
  • Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

Alternative entry pathways

Graduate Diploma of International Affairs

If you don't meet the standard entry requirements for the Master of International Relations, alternatively, you can choose to start with the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs (DIAFF) which is a flexible 1-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for understanding emerging issues in international affairs.

This is a stand-alone program that can be used as a pathway to the Master of International Relations.
Find out more about the DIAFF program

World-class academics are your teachers

The program is delivered by the Department of International Relations and brings together a diverse range of discipline-leading experts who deliver cutting edge research-led teaching.