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Master of International Communication with the degree of Master of International Relations

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This double degree enables students to learn the essentials of communication and policy development in the increasingly globalised world whilst focusing on international issues and developing important international relations skills.

The research project component of the degree can help prepare students for higher level tertiary study.

Key features

  • Breadth and international focus: develop a solid grounding in international communication and international relations through study in media communication, international relations and cultural studies
  • Flexibility: study elective units from a range of communications and international relations disciplines; have the option of evening classes to help balance work requirements
  • Coaching in academic and essay-writing skills is provided within the program
  • Gain credit towards the degree and develop career opportunities by completing one of the international internship programs especially designed for Masters students in an approved institution in Australia or overseas
  • Access to leading academics in the fields of international relations theory, democratisation, human rights, globalisation, security studies, regionalisation, and global political economy


North Ryde (Sydney)

Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode


Course duration

Full time: 2.5 years


Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)

UAC Code

860746 - on campus

Suitable for

This degree is suitable for people who wish to work in international organisations. A mixture of core units and electives will provide you with specialised knowledge and skills in the field of international communication and international relations.

Domestic Fee-paying Place (DFP)

Estimated annual fee This is an indicative fee -  AUD $24,000 p.a.
Fee per credit point This is an indicative fee -  AUD $750

Student amenities fee

Information on the Student services and amenities fee

Minimum admission requirements 

• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in social sciences; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification with relevant work experience
• GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00)

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this double master

800 level or above Credit Points
Required ICOM811 Issues in Contemporary Global Media 4
Required ICOM814 Communication for Social Change 4
Required ICOM821 Intercultural Communication 4
Required ICOM823 Corporate Writing 4
Required ICOM892 Public Diplomacy and International Public Relations 4
Required IRPG831 International Security 4
Required IRPG841 Theories of International Relations 4
Required IRPG849 International Political Economy 4
Required IRPG857 International Law and Institutions 4
Required POIR901 Research Methods in Politics and International Relations 4
Required POIR903 International Relations Research Project 4
Required POIR980 International Relations Practice 4
Required MECO800 International Discourse 4
Required MECO801 Social Media, Law and Ethics 4
Required MECO833 Special Topic 4
Required 8cp from ICOM815 Global Power and Justice
ICOM818 Asia-Pacific in a Globalised World
ICOM828 International Communications Internship
ICOM890 Digital Audio/ Radio Production
ICOM897 Interactive Communication
MECO803 Social Media
MECO804 Media Writing and Research
MECO805 Environmental Communication 8
Required 12cp from IRPG830 The Politics of International Human Rights Law
IRPG832 Europe, the European Union, and the International System
IRPG833 The USA in the International System
IRPG837 International Politics and Economics of East Asia and the Pacific
IRPG838 International Internship Program
IRPG840 The International System
IRPG843 International Relations of the Middle East
IRPG844 The Asian-Pacific Region and Australia
IRPG854 War and Violence in World Politics
IRPG855 Globalisation and the North-South Relationship
MHPG856 The World Since 1492 12
Total credit points required to satisfy this double master 80


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2015 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

The course will be an important milestone in the career paths of a variety of individuals including diplomats and international civil servants, policy makers, development specialists, international business people, media managers and international journalists.


  • diplomatic service agencies
  • federal and local government 
  • global media industry
  • international non-government organisations
  • multinational corporations
  • public sector
  • United Nations


Our Graduates

Graduate: Ernie Kim

Our Expertise

Professor Stephanie Lawson - Master of International Relations Program Convenor


Stephanie Lawson is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University and President of the Australian Political Studies Association. She has previously held   teaching and research positions at the University of New England, the Australian National University, the University of East Anglia and the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on issues concerning culture, ethnicity, nationalism, and democracy, and combines comparative and normative approaches to the study of world politics. She is the author of many articles dealing with these issues in the Asia-Pacific region as well as globally.

Master of International Relations - Dr Noah Bassil

Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie for postgraduate study

Macquarie is renowned for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, our highly skilled graduates, and our first-class facilities. We offer: 

  • an education in the top two per cent of universities in the world, giving you an internationally recognised and respected degree
  • a campus in one of the largest business and technology precincts in the southern hemisphere, giving you the industry experience employers look for
  • state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, including the most high-tech university library in Australia.
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Master of International Communication with the degree of Master of International Relations

To study this degree, apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

1. Select your UAC Code:

860746 - on campus

2. Please check the course description in the on-line UAC guide as further documentation may be required for your application to be processed, e.g. a supplementary details form.

3. Go to the UAC website and select “Apply". This link will open in a new window.

Application for Session 1, 2015 closed on 23 January 2015.

Application for Session 2, 2015 open until Friday, 19 June 2015.

Please note: If you are applying to articulate to a higher level course (ie, From Graduate Diploma to a Masters), please apply directly to the University following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.


If you are applying for Readmission to this course after an absence please apply directly to the university following the application instructions on the How to Apply website.

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