Graduate Diploma in International Relations

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080518G

Level of study: Postgraduate


We live in a time of unprecedented global change. As power structures shift, we need to anticipate, understand and take advantage of new trends, while skilfully navigating the risks. As international borders continue to blur, organisations are searching for new leaders who are prepared for what’s coming next – and who are determined to build a better future.

If you're passionate about global politics and want to learn how shape the future, La Trobe's Graduate Diploma in International Relations will give you the foundations to advance your career. Learn how to navigate the complex power dynamics between governments, multilateral organisations, international businesses and INGOs, and prepare to take on roles in these arenas. You'll graduate with the skills to navigate current global issues and create positive change across cultures and societies.

Delve into the history of international relations and explore contemporary approaches. Examine key frameworks and understand the complex relationships that drive global trade, security and governance.

You'll explore public policy that promotes social justice and explore key themes of poverty, gender, inequality and the threat of war. Understand how foreign policy is made and build your knowledge of international law. Then explore the sprawling networks of global economic interdependence, while investigating both the harms and benefits of globalisation.

Learn from high-profile academic staff with extensive research and teaching experience. Outstanding educators who are passionate and deeply knowledgeable about their subject matter, our academics are renowned commentators who are frequently quoted in local and international media, and whose expertise is regularly sought by government committees.

After successfully completing the Graduate Diploma in International Relations, you could receive up to one year of advanced standing. This provides a pathway to transfer directly into the second year of La Trobe's Master of International Relations, should you decide to further your studies.

Gain the skills you need to build a successful career with an international focus. Broaden your understanding of the world around you and graduate ready to influence change on a global scale.

You'll learn:

Political theory: Uncover the systems, processes, history and actors that define modern international relations, diplomacy and trade.

International law and process

Build the skills and knowledge to navigate complex international policy and process frameworks.

Professional communication

Learn how to translate complex information into actionable outcomes and articulate your insights for a wide range of professional audiences.

International security

Build your understanding of international security in the 21st century. Understand how the notion of security has moved beyond a military perspective, and explore human and environmental security, terrorism, transnational crime and the impacts of global health crises.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Diploma.

Career outcomes

After graduation, you'll be prepared for a career in international diplomacy, foreign policy, governance, industry affairs, and local and international development. Work in Australia or overseas, with opportunities in non-government organisations and government agencies such as state governments, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

You could build a career in fields including:

  • Foreign affairs
  • International trade
  • Policy analyst
  • Humanitarian support

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
35,800 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 1 year
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor's degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors, including academic record, English proficiency and/or employment experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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