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Overview

Please note: there will not be an intake for this degree from Semester 1, 2020.

Develop skills and knowledge in globalisation, development, democracies, processes of state formation, international organisations, theories of international relations, international political economy and security, global environmental politics, and Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian politics. You will also gain broad-based training in regional studies and comparative politics. 

Why study with us? 

Few other universities in Australia offer as many international studies and comparative politics courses with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. 

You will have access to world-class experts in a broad political and international relations field. We are actively engaged in policy debates and offer unsurpassed opportunities for networking. 

The Department of Government and International Relations has links to some of the major policy think tanks in Australia, such as the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and the Lowy Institute.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of International Studies are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a maximum of 36 credit points from elective units of study

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in International Studies requires:

  • a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree, or an equivalent qualification; or
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Studies with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

You can progress from the Graduate Diploma to Masters in the same subject area, after successful completion of the shorter course.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the program have built successful careers in the private sector (international business, consulting), the non-profit sector (non-government organisations, humanitarian groups, and international organisations), journalism, and the government sector in Australia and the United States.

Future study options

Domestic students

International students

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