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What will I learn?

A professionally oriented course for graduates and practitioners seeking expertise in international relations.

The Graduate Diploma in International Relations is a professionally oriented postgraduate course studied over two semesters (full-time equivalent). It offers you the opportunity to gain expertise in international relations, with a particular focus on our dynamic Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

The course provides you with knowledge, skills and networks to prepare you for a rewarding career in foreign affairs and diplomacy, government, international and non-governmental organisations, the media and education. The program is structured by a core component, where you will gain knowledge of the major sub-fields including International Relations Theory and Practice, International Security, International Political Economy, the Evolution of International Society, and Governance in the International System. Elective units include a focus on important cross-cutting themes such as human rights, democracy, religion and non-governmental organisations, as well as on key global regions and powers.

The course offers a credited internship unit which can be undertaken with local, national and international organisations, such as government departments, embassies, think tanks, NGOs or regional institutions. High achieving students can undertake research design training. Students can also engage directly with our UWA and affiliated research and policy centres, including the Public Policy Institute, the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, the Africa Research & Engagement Centre, the Korea Research Centre, the Australia India Institute, the Australia Indonesia Institute, the Perth US Asia Centre and the Australian Institute of International Affairs, as well as our international networks including the Worldwide Universities Network and the Matariki Network.

Career Pathways

Knowledge of international relations is valuable to employers in many international companies, government and non-government organisations as well as the media. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of areas and is applicable to a variety of employment options.

Career Opportunities


Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

Intelligence Analyst


Policy Analyst

Policy and Planning Manager

Further Study

Upon successfully completing your course, you can choose to progress into the master's degree in International Relations. Depending on your circumstances, this may be subject to you achieving a course weighted average mark of 65 per cent. If you do enrol in the Master of International Relations, you will receive (subject to conditions) full credit for units completed in your graduate diploma.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$35,000.00 (19,25,193) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2023


The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway,


Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have, (a)(i) a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Dental Medicine, or an equivalent qualification that allows dentistry practise, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

For international students

(1) To be considered for admission to this course, an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to International Relations; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in International Relations at UWA.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

UWA is the only Western Australian university ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • World-top 100 university - QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 5-stars for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2020)
  • A proud member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight
  • 11 subject areas in world’s top 50 QS Rankings 2020