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Advance your opportunities

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 at Bond incorporates both coursework and dissertations, equipping graduates with refined research skills and a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees!

Study abroad in China

As part of their major dissertation, Master of International Relations students can apply to undertake a semester of study at a Faculty approved University in Beijing, China. This allows students to be exposed to an array of cultural experiences while undertaking relevant International Relations courses.

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

Key features

  • Learn in small class sizes with likeminded students
  • Undertake approved studies in Beijing, China
  • Graduate in just 1 year with Bond’s accelerated degrees

About the program

The Master of International Relations 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 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, strategic decision making, sociology and economy. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration3 semesters (1 year)
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23097
CRICOS code078661G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of International Relations 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.

View the Master of International Relations - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The Master of International Relations comprises 12 subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (8)

Students must choose one (1) of the following options (6):

Option 1
Option 2

Option 3

Teaching methodology

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

Available research topics for dissertation / portfolio

The Faculty of Society & Design has highly skilled academic staff who can provide supervision to students in the following research areas:

  • ASEAN and Southeast Asian Regionalism
  • Australian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • China's Foreign Policy
  • China's Defence Policy
  • Chinese Strategic Culture
  • Chinese Strategy and PLA Military Modernisation
  • Conduct of Future Warfare [Transformation of defence policy in the 21st Century]
  • Diplomacy, Theory and Practice [including sports-diplomacy]
  • Dynamics and International Relations of Greater Central Asia
  • East West Diplomatic Culture and Practice
  • Futures Studies and International Relations
  • Global Political Economy and Global Development
  • Historical International Relations Systems
  • International Relations Theory
  • Middle and Great Power Theory [Australia, South Korea, India and China]
  • North Korean Politics, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Pandemics and National/International Security
  • Politically Motivated Violence and Terrorism
  • Popular Geopolitics
  • Public Diplomacy - Theory and Practice
  • Space Policy, Strategic Competition and International Security
  • South Asian International Relations
  • The United Nations

The total program fees for the Master of International Relations are:

  • $36,868
  • $38,586

Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree 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

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.

Meet Our Academics

Dr. Rosita Dellios has been at Bond University since it opened in 1989. She is also a founding member of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies. She lectures and writes on the themes of Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics. 

Her research interests are: China's defence policy, foreign policy and philosophy; the history of imperial China's relations with Southeast Asian kingdoms and early concepts of region. As of 2013, Rosita has published one book on China's defence strategy; co-edited a book on Confucian humanism; co-authored a book on China's quest for global order, published more than 30 book chapters and journal articles (some co-authored); and presented numerous conference papers.

Professional Admission and Memberships

  • International Institute for Strategic Studies, London
  • International Studies Association, USA

Dr. R. James Ferguson's teaching areas include international relations, regionalism, and globalisation. He is the Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies within the Faculty of Society and Design.

Dr. Ferguson conducts research and publishes in the areas of Asian, Eurasia, European and Australasian International Relations, Eurasian studies, Chinese cultural systems, human and comprehensive security, Islamic governance, and regional organisations. Research has included an emphasis on international regimes, China's view of regional and global order, and emerging patterns of governance for orbital space. Recently, Dr. Ferguson has co-authored the book, China's Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, forthcoming from Lexington Books (2012).

He is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), the refereed International Institute for Strategic Studies (the IISS, London), the International Institute of Development Studies (IIDS) and for several years served as a Council member of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Queensland). He regularly presents at conferences in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, India, Europe and Australia. He has received grants and fellowships from a number of sources including the ARC, Ford-IDSS, Bond University, and the Visiting Researchers Program, run by the Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak University (Thailand).

Professional Admission and Memberships

  • Editor, The Culture Mandala and the Research Papers of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies
  • Member, International Studies Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)
  • Member, International Institue for Strategic Studies (IISS, London)

Dr. Jonathan H. Ping is a scholar in the fields of global political economy, international relations and comparative politics. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and received his PhD from the University of Adelaide. He specialises in the study of statecraft. In this area he has developed the first unifying theory of the middle power concept --hybridisation theory-- as presented in his book Middle Power Statecraft. His most recent book Chinese Engagements focuses on the great power, China. His current research focus is on middle power statecraft theory, great power statecraft theory and a theory of the nature of hegemony in and from Asia. 

Dr. Ping has research affiliations with universities globally. He is a Director of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference held annually at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing. He has worked and undertaken research for government and non-government sectors. Dr. Ping teaches courses on Global Political Economy, Global Development and South Asia at Bond University. He engages regularly with the public through newspaper articles, television and radio commentary and presents at seminars and conferences. 

Dr. Stuart Murray is an Associate Professor in International Relations at Bond University where he teaches Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Terrorism, Introduction to International Relations and Politically Motivated Violence. His main research interest is in the theory and practice of diplomacy. He has over fifty-five peer-to-peer publications in this area, is an Associate Editor of the journal Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (Brill Publishers), and is responsible for creating several new fields of research. Of these, Secret Diplomacy and Sports Diplomacy are perhaps the best known. In terms of the latter, he has advised several governments – most recently the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – and more than a few non-state actors, such as the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. As a result of these endeavours, Stuart was made a Fellow at Edinburgh University’s Academy of Sport, the world’s leading think tank concerning sport, international relations, diplomacy, society and culture. Stuart is a world leader in translating academic theory into practice, as well as in terms of inter-disciplinary research. The main driving force of his latest project – the anthropology of diplomacy – is to become the first Diplomatic Studies scholar to explore inter-group relations before the dawn of so-called civilisation