Master des Monats

Der Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRAD) der University of Canterbury

The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy is perfect for students interested in careers in foreign affairs or inter-state coordination.

Drawing on UC’s teaching and research strengths in Political Science and International Relations, graduates can now obtain a professional capstone qualification in policy analysis and strategic decision making. This master’s programme will provide advanced interdisciplinary training in just one year for those wishing to progress in local, regional, national and third sector/not-for-profit roles in policy and governance.

This programme covers:

  • Advanced academic principles investigated through case studies and field trips.
  • Collaboration with strategic partners, a panel of experts from outside the university will provide real-world informed mentoring of participants.
  • Expertise in policy processes and community leadership in New Zealand-Pacific contexts, in East and Southeast Asia and in science, environment and technology policy.

Field trip

The programme includes a two-day field trip to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and the location of New Zealand’s Government and Parliament. The field trip includes meetings with senior figures in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Defence, a variety of Embassies and High Commissions, and senior figures in government, including the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition. The field trip also includes a formal networking and senior peer mentoring event with UC alumni now working in Wellington. This is an effective professional networking event.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have a versatile set of skills that can be applied in a wide range of exciting careers both within politics and international relations (international, national and local political institutions, such as the UN, humanitarian intergovernmental organisations, parliaments, city councils) and in more diverse areas such as law, business, education and journalism.

Start Date

Students start their studies in February (Semester 1) and the normal full time enrolment period is 12 months.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Master of International Relations and Diplomacy requires one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a B average or better in 60 points of 300-level (third year) courses
  • A bachelor’s degree and evidence of relevant professional or other work experience
  • Approval from the Programme Director and the Dean of Arts

You are also required to meet UC’s English Language requirements.

Tuition Fees
29,800 NZD*
*The price is indicative for 2018. Tuition fees are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

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