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Graduate Certificate in International Relations

Overview

Develop a deeper understanding of how states and other political entities shape the international system, and how you can play a part in it.

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations (GCIR) is a coursework program aimed at developing conceptual and empirical understanding and skill-sets in research and knowledge development in the International Relations (IR) field.

You'll work with world-class teachers and researchers who are in touch with industry partners and participate in regular public commentary and debate in their fields, and you'll study alongside students from many different countries and backgrounds.

Your GCIR will cover the four key areas of international relations: international theory, the development of the international system, international security, and international political economy. The half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program includes over 20 courses and projects covering specific fields such as Writing Politics, Principles of International Law, Ethics and Human Rights, Global Governance and Foreign Policy and Diplomacy.

You may also participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship Program.

UQ’s Graduate Certificate in International Relations will equip you with the analytical and practical skills for a career in diplomacy, government, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, the UN, international journalism, or development. 

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5643
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$15152 (indicative per year)
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5643
CRICOS Code
089175G
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Select from a diverse spectrum of courses.
  • Study with students from a range of countries and backgrounds.
  • Choose to participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship Program.
  • Develop the necessary skills for a rewarding career in government or non-government sectors.

1 in Queensland for politics and international studies

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Writing Politics
  • Foundations in Political Ideas
  • Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development
  • International Security

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • International aid coordinator
  • Asia-Pacific international relations adviser
  • Policy and advocacy adviser
  • Policy officer
  • Ministerial officer
  • External affairs officer
  • Senior compliance officer
  • International aid coordinator
  • Overseas development manager
  • Human rights advocate

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree with a GPA of 4.5; or

Have completed post-secondary studies and relevant work experience, approved by the executive dean.

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum amount of relevant work experience is 2 years full-time equivalent (either paid or voluntary), with documented evidence (such as references).

Prerequisites

An approved degree with a GPA of 4.5; or

Have completed post-secondary studies and relevant work experience, approved by the executive dean.

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum amount of relevant work experience is 2 years full-time equivalent (either paid or voluntary), with documented evidence (such as references).

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in International Relations are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $15,152

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in International Relations for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in International Relations pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $11,970

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in International Relations for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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