La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in International Relations

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Take the next step in your global career. Humans have evolved, traded and warred for many thousands of years. But, for the vast majority of human history, change happened very slowly. Now, in this time of unprecedented global shifts and hyper-connectivity, we need highly skilled professionals who can navigate this vast and complex landscape, and skilfully shape our evolving political, social and economic structures. If you're keen to rapidly build your knowledge of global affairs, La Trobe's Graduate Certificate in International Relations will give you the foundational skills to take the next step in your career. Explore the complex power dynamics between governments, multilateral organisations, international businesses and INGOs, and prepare to take on roles in these arenas. You'll graduate with an understanding of current global issues and key historical developments.


The Graduate Certificate in International Relations consists of: Successful completion of 60 credit points of core subjects.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • International Law and Organisations
  • International Relations: Past and Present
  • Theories of World Politics
  • Totalitarianism Reborn: Russia, China, and the New Cold Wars

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • International: IELTS - 6.5 < 6.0 (PG minimum) - 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:

Study pathways

This course can be used as a pathway into the Master of International Relations.

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