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The September semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they’re on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

Critically understand international affairs, build upon your undergraduate degree and expand your career opportunities with a Master of International Relations at Bond University, Australia. Expanding your career opportunities in the modern era, requires a deeper appreciation of the intricacies of international affairs. Increasingly, employers require skills in advanced research and critical thinking. The Master of International Relations (Professional) at Bond gives graduates the opportunity to differentiate themselves by complementing previously acquired knowledge with problem-solving and research skills, and a solid grounding in contemporary theoretical and cultural issues, and a professional portfolio. Explore the beautiful Gold Coast and graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!

Intensive mode delivery

The Master of International Relations (Professional) is delivered in intensive mode. Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Subjects are generally delivered in either standard intensive or mixed mode. Standard Intensive delivery is generally scheduled over two weekends during the semester with two sets of three-day sessions per subject, usually scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject. Mixed mode subjects will include a mixture of compulsory online activities and on-campus workshops. International students are required to be on campus every week. This mode of delivery will not impact the duration of the degree length.

Katrina Elliot Myerson (Class of 2000) has what some might call an ‘impossible job’.

As an International Humanitarian Protection Specialist, having worked with the Red Cross, UN Agencies and RedR Australia, Ms Elliot Myerson’s work takes her to many of the world’s most unstable regions to aid those who have been affected by conflict.  Show more

Katrina Elliot Myerson (Class of 2000) has what some might call an ‘impossible job’.

As an International Humanitarian Protection Specialist, having worked with the Red Cross, UN Agencies and RedR Australia, Ms Elliot Myerson’s work takes her to many of the world’s most unstable regions to aid those who have been affected by conflict. 

On one day, she might work to provide better access to vital amenities for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and the next you could find her in Afghanistan, negotiating a more dignified living situation for detainees.

The winner of this year’s Community Achievement Award at the Bond University Alumni Awards Dinner says that while sometimes it can be confronting when faced each day by the most vulnerable aspects of humanity, it’s all about remaining motivated by the little wins.

“For me the rewarding moments are the little things … it’s about those moments where you can see impact on people’s lives,” says Ms Elliot Myerson.

Ms Elliot Myerson recalls a particularly touching time when she was able to help a group of prisoners whose families had feared for their safety.

“I remember sitting in a confinement cell in a prison. There were probably about 10 prisoners in there with me and it was so dark I had to use a head torch to see them.”

“For these prisoners, people had actually thought they were missing.”

“So, to be able to speak with them and ensure they had access to fresh air and health support – and then being able to go back and inform their families that they were actually still alive, was extremely rewarding.”

While there wasn’t a specific moment when Ms Elliot Myerson realised protection work was her life’s calling, she has always felt a need to give back to the global community.

“I was always very conscious that I have grown up in a fortunate situation, had a great education, a loving family and a roof over my head,” she says.

“I felt responsibility to contribute to the broader community, or those who weren’t in the same position as I was.”

Ms Elliot Myerson expects her next overseas deployment on behalf of the Red Cross will come later in the year.

Until then she holds a senior policy position with Australian Red Cross, working on feature writing, speaking engagements and mentoring other young humanitarian workers.

While it is easy to feel disheartened as crises continue to unfold around the world, she believes there is always a solution that can help improve lives, and it is often created through education.

“Yes, there are a lot of confronting and catastrophic situations,” she says.

“At the moment we have East Africa where more than 20 million people are facing starvation, and millions more have been displaced in Syria.”

“But I think we do have potential for solutions and responses, and I think those solutions are in our classrooms, our research labs and our community.” Show less

Katrina Elliot Myerson (Master of International Relations Alumna) International Humanitarian Protection Specialist

About the program

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. Students enrolled in the program will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical, and cultural issues. Show more

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. Students enrolled in the program will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical, and cultural issues. Graduates from the program could seek to further their careers in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, security, strategic decision making, sociology and economy. At the end of the program, students will have a professional portfolio detailing their research and practical expertise in their chosen vocational area. The program duration is 4 semesters and 20 weeks (92 weeks). Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration92 weeks
Starting semesters
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23078
CRICOS code063306E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Master of International Relations (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing

Master of International Relations (Professional) comprises 13 subjects, as follows:

Required subjects (12)

Elective (1)

  • Student must choose one (1) subject from the FSD list of available postgraduate subjects. Students can choose to undertake additional Minor Dissertations/Portfolios as electives if desired.

Available research topics for Dissertation/Portfolio

Please refer to Master of International Relations for a full list of available research topics.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee. Professional program fees include four standard full time semesters plus a final semester professional subject, which is charged at a different rate to a standard semester of coursework.

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2020: $54,450
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $57,260

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent from an approved institution in either international relations, political science, political studies, global studies, humanities/arts, law or business studies.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is designed for students who are wishing to expand upon their existing global career or studies. It will equip graduates with the critical thinking skills and strategic development required to expand their global careers. Graduates could seek to further their careers in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, strategic decision making, sociology and economy.

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