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Master of International Public Diplomacy


Faculty of Arts
Master of International Public Diplomacy (MIntPubDip)
Admission Requirement:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in anthropology, cultural studies, diplomacy, media and communication, modern history, international relations, politics, international studies, law, psychology, security studies, sociology, linguistics, marketing, or a related discipline; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with relevant and significant work experience in a relevant field
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Public Diplomacy and International Public Relations (4)
Research Methods (4)
24cp from
Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication (4)
International Marketing (4)
Marketing Communications (4)
Languages and Cultures in Contact (4)
Leading and Managing in Culturally Diverse Environments (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
16cp from
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)
The Politics of International Human Rights Law (4)
International Security (4)
Europe, the European Union, and the International System (4)
International Law and Institutions (4)
Theories of International Relations (4)
International Relations of the Middle East (4)
The Asian-Pacific Region and Australia (4)
Globalisation and Security (4)
Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 079199E
Overview and Aims of the Program The interest of foreign ministries, defence ministries and other agencies is in dealing with publics in relation to foreign policy/defence messages and national image management has demonstrated a need for staff trained in this area. The Master of International Public Diplomacy is designed for students who wish to extend their depth and breadth of knowledge and understandings of strategy and policy development, public diplomacy practice and project related research. The program offers students access to a wide range of expertise, resources and state-of-the-art research opportunities in this broad field of study. A range of specialised coursework electives is available that enables students to create a program that meets their individual needs and interests. The degree will be offered in the English medium through online learning together and will have a one-and-a half year duration.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes The Master of International Public Diplomacy is designed for students who wish to extend their depth and breadth of knowledge and understandings of strategy and policy development, public diplomacy practice and project related research – with an understanding of the international system from international relations and legal perspectives as well as intercultural dimensions of communication – the key process in diplomacy. The program offers you access to a wide range of expertise, resources and state-of-the-art research opportunities in this broad field of study. A range of specialised coursework electives is available that enables you to create a program that meets your individual needs and interests. The program will also prepare you for strategy and policy development, public diplomacy practice and project related research – and allow you to acquire work-integrated-learning or a marketing perspective if you opt so to do.

The units in this interdisciplinary course are drawn from the fields of international communication, international relations, linguistics, media, marketing, law, political science, security studies and sociology. As such you will be exposed to a variety of perspectives and learning and teaching methods, all being based on a student-centred pedagogy.

You will learn to communicate across cultures and disciplines both through the intercultural knowledge you will acquire formally as well as the practical experience of communicating with others from different cultures and disciplines in group projects, discussions and presentations. The capstone will allow you to bring the knowledge of intercultural communication, public policy, international law and human rights law, security and marketing to the prism of public diplomacy and international public relations – providing skill-building in conceptualizing problems and solutions in this as well practical public diplomacy skills.

The research units will help you build your research capabilities in conceptualizing a research problem associated with public diplomacy or international public relations and to undertake research on this and write up a dissertation.

The outcome of completing the program successfully would be that you would have acquired knowledge and skills in strategy and policy development; public diplomacy practice; international law and security; inter-cultural communications and international relations; research.
Learning and Teaching Methods You will be exposed in this program to a student-centred pedagogy. Learning will be through blended forms of teaching, including lectures and tutorials. All units, apart from a small number among the elective units, will be available to you online - allowing you to complete the program as an external student. The teaching approach will encourage critical thinking regarding international issues, systems and communication, and the acquisition of research skills through the research units. Assignments will include quizzes, major essays, minor essays, group presentations, individual presentations and a dissertation (in the case of the major research project). The unit guides spell out clearly the assessments and the criteria for evaluation. There will be explanations of what is required in an assignment in your lectures and/or tutorials and you will also receive feedback once your assignment has been graded.
Assessment • short essays
• long essays
• reports
• dissertation
• quizzes
• presentations
• group work.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability • diplomatic services
• state public diplomacy projects
• corporate international relations
• NGO international relations
• public diplomacy analysis
• teaching.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148