Why study the Graduate Certificate in International Relations with UTS Online?

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¹QS Rankings, 2024   ²THE Young University Rankings, 2023    3QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2022

Learning Outcomes
  • Professional Readiness
    Employ effective strategies to navigate professional interactions across diverse cultural contexts in Australia and internationally.
  • Critical and Creative Inquiry 
    Apply advanced understanding of international relations theories and concepts to the analysis of real-world case studies and complex global issues.
  • International and Intercultural Engagement 
    Demonstrate proficiency in navigating intercultural dynamics in Australia and internationally. 
  • Indigenous Competencies
    Critically reflect on ethical Indigenous research practices to work with and for Indigenous peoples across international relations research and professions. 
  • Active Citizenship 
    Demonstrate a critical perspective on current sustainability practices and act in socially responsible ways in both Australian and international settings.  
  • Effective Communication
    Effectively communicate complex concepts and arguments in relation to international relations to diverse audiences in a variety of global contexts. 

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations comprises 4 core subjects (24 credit points [CP] in total).

Note: Most subjects at UTS are worth 6 CP (credit points) but this can vary across courses



Complete the following subjects (24 CP):

Intercultural and International Communication (6 CP) 

This subject is designed to provide essential intercultural skills crucial for success in today's interconnected professional realm. Delve into both theoretical and practical dimensions of intercultural communication, facilitating effective engagement across diverse organisational and governmental contexts. Explore key debates in intercultural theory, analyse real-world scenarios, and develop strategies to navigate cross-cultural situations. Mastering this subject empowers you to excel in a global work environment, creating a significant influence.

The Future of the International Order (6 CP)

This subject delves into comprehending the intricacies of the international order, exploring its foundational theories, influential players, pivotal institutions, and potential trajectories. Students analyse prevalent theories like Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism, dissecting diverse entities and establishments shaping the global system. Historical insights uncover its evolution, from transformative events to the role of ideology, power, and norms. By examining contemporary challenges and potential directions, students refine their expertise in international relations.

Sustainability and Global Governance (6 CP) 

In this subject, explore global environmental challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. Acquire essential skills for sustainable development, understanding multi-scalar environmental policies and international law. Analyse the roles of states, international bodies, civil society, and the private sector in advancing sustainability. Assess the efficacy of diverse collaboration methods in addressing specific environmental concerns. Engage in theoretical study and case analysis to comprehend international environmental governance and sustainable development strategies.

Reframing International Political Economy (6 CP)

This subject equips you to unravel the complexities of the international political economy, a vital skill in today's global landscape. Explore the intricate interactions between global dynamics and local governance, dissecting economic, political, and social forces' interplay. Gain a comprehensive grasp of key economic concepts and theories, assessing their relevance on a global scale. Investigate how international organisations, multinational corporations, sovereign states, and NGOs shape global economic policies and influence local communities. Address critical issues like trade liberalisation, economic inequality, sustainable growth, and international development through critical analysis and contemporary governance frameworks. Through diverse perspectives, empirical data, and real-world case studies, this subject provides a holistic view of the global economy and governance's pivotal role in shaping its future.

A pathway to a Master of International Relations

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations, students will have the opportunity to progress to the Master of International Relations and complete the remaining 8 subjects.

Note: Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the Master of International Relations may use the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations as a pathway, provided they meet the specific entry requirements.
  • Graduate
  • Masters

Upcoming study periods

UTS Online courses have six intakes per year. The diagram below shows all upcoming
intakes, with the next intake highlighted in blue.

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Course information

Master of International Relations
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 5 core subjects and 18 CPs from a range of elective subjects

The UTS Online Master of International Relations is tailored for forward-thinking professionals seeking to acquire an advanced toolkit of knowledge and skills to address urgent global challenges, shape international relations, and advance their careers within governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

English Language Requirement

English language requirements apply to both international and domestic students. Please refer to the UTS English language requirements for further information on how to satisfy the requirements for the course/s.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 6.5 and a writing score of 6.0.          

For applicants without an Academic IELTS score, refer to the UTS Register of English Language Proficiency Requirements for other methods of satisfying the English Language requirements for the course(s).    

For more information, schedule a 15-minute call with a Student Enrolment Advisor.   

Entry requirements
  • Applicants must have completed a UTS-recognised academic qualification, or equivalent (according to NOOSR or UK NARIC), as follows:     
    • Bachelor’s degree  
    • Graduate Certificate  
    • Graduate Diploma  
    • Master’s degree OR    
    • Doctoral degree or equivalent       
  • Applicants without an appropriate academic qualification may apply on the basis of a minimum of four (4) years of full-time, or equivalent, relevant work## experience and a general capacity to undertake tertiary education*. 


##Relevant work experience is defined from within the ANZSCO groups 01 Managers, 02 Professionals, 04 Community and Personal Service Workers and 05 Clerical and Administrative Workers. *These applicants must provide a 300-word personal statement outlining their interest in the course and clearly articulating how the course intended outcomes align with their career expectations; a CV outlining their work experience; and a Statement of Service confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee an offer of a place.


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Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 


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All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics.