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The Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Online) is an innovative, forward-looking program, attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels. The Graduate Certificate develops the expertise necessary for professionals working in diverse contexts in International Relations. The program also

provides an opportunity for professional development and extension of qualifications. The Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Online) provides flexible learning options to address dynamic interests and needs of International Relations students and professionals, allowing students to complete the entire degree in a welcoming, interactive and engaging virtual environment.

Key features

  • Caters to career switchers and industry professionals alike, offering both face-to-face and online program delivery models
  • Graduate in just 1 semester with Bond’s accelerated degrees
  • Learn in small class sizes with likeminded students
  • Gain a broad perspective on policy, diplomacy, and global relations issues
  • Open to those with a non-cognate background, no previous experience required
  • Commence in January, May or September semesters

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program which is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels.  The Graduate Certificate develops the expertise necessary for professionals working in diverse contexts in International Relations. The program also provides an opportunity for professional development and extension of qualifications. Show more

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations program is an innovative, forward-looking program which is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels.  The Graduate Certificate develops the expertise necessary for professionals working in diverse contexts in International Relations. The program also provides an opportunity for professional development and extension of qualifications.  The Graduate Certificate in International Relations provides flexible learning options to address dynamic interests and needs of International Relations students and professionals.   Show less

ModeOnline
Duration1 semester (4 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024
Program typePostgraduate Certificate
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23113
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Online) can be completed in just 1 semester with a 4 subject (full-time) load. You can commence in January, May or September semesters.

View the Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Online) - Program Structure and Sequence 

The Graduate Certificate in International Relations (Online) comprises of four (4) subjects, as follows:

Core subjects (1)

Choice of one of the following subjects depending on program sequence.  Students that do not have a cognate background are encouraged to choose either INTR71-100 or INTR71-101.

Alternate choice - either:

Foundation subjects (3)

Choice of three (3) of the following subjects depending on program sequence. 

Teaching methodology

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

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

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

Bond University calendar

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

Government Agency
International Relations graduates are commonly recruited for Project and Program related roles within Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Department of Defence, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Public Service, Tourism Australia, and others

Charity Organisations
Graduates with an understanding of international affairs, globalisation, politics and societal issues are sort after in most global offices with international outreach, for example UNHCR and UNICEF.

Embassy and Consulates
Government embassies, high commissions, consulates, multilateral missions and representative offices exist globally and offer a range of careers, from diplomacy to policy to communication.   

Where your degree can take you

  • Politics
  • Diplomacy
  • Government and Non-government
  • Humanitarian Aid and Advocacy
  • Public Service
  • Public Policy
  • Local, State and Federal Government Relations  
  • Defence
  • Immigration
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Education

The perfect upskilling short course

An understanding of global politics and societal issues is favourable in today’s globalised world. Regardless of which sector you currently work in, a global perspective and outlook is critical to the success of any business or organisation.

No prior experience required

This program is non-cognate, meaning you are encouraged to apply no matter what your previous tertiary qualifications are.

Complete online or in-person

This flexible offering allows you to tailor your study experience to suit you and your lifestyle.