Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

Master of International Relations and Diplomacy

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: October 31
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February
International tuition: NZ$39,000
Domestic tuition: NZ$11,046

Program overview

Drawing on UC's teaching and research strengths, graduates can obtain a master's-level capstone qualification in the popular area of international relations and diplomacy. This degree will offer students an innovative, interdisciplinary programme of taught courses with a strong professional emphasis. The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRAD) comprises 180 points as follows: 30-point compulsory course 90 points of elective courses, chosen from a variety of options 60-point research dissertation All students must complete: the compulsory 30-point course POLS 441 Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy the 60-point research dissertation POLS 688 Dissertation (15–20,000 words)

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
To qualify to enrol, you will need either: a bachelor's degree in any subject, normally with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points of 300-level courses in the majoring subject; or a bachelor's degree and a qualifying course, with at least a B Grade Point Average in 60 points of 300-level courses; or a bachelor's degree, and evidence of relevant professional or other work experience; or admission Ad Eundem Statum (with equivalent standing) as fulfilling these requirements. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

The MIRAD caters perfectly for students interested in careers in foreign affairs or inter-state coordination. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Manatū Aorere does not require specific tertiary pathways, applicants can find it advantageous to have a postgraduate degree in an analytical subject such as law, political science, international relations, economics, or science.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand