Master of International Law and Diplomacy

Master of International Law and Diplomacy


2 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0 or a Bachelor degree at pass mark, GPA 4.0/7.0 or international equivalent with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience. 

Domestic applications

Visit the Domestic applications - ANU Postgraduate page to check the admission dates.

International applications

Visit the International applications - ANU Postgraduate page to check the admission dates.

Program description

There has never been a more important time to study international law and diplomacy. In an age of changing realities, there is a high demand for graduates capable of navigating the challenges that shape our international society. Are you ready?

The Master of International Law and Diplomacy is a joint degree that addresses needs arising from the unique dynamics of the current political and business environment where policy, law and dispute resolution intersect.

International law and diplomacy don’t operate in a vacuum in our modern world. Now, they don’t need to in your degree, either.

Master of International Law and Diplomacy


Key learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of diplomacy and international law and its contemporary challenges from the perspective of multiple actors, including states, civil service departments, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations and multinational corporations.
  2. Display effective research and writing skills to address complex diplomatic and legal challenges with an international or transnational dimension.
  3. Exhibit highly developed diplomatic and international legal advocacy skills, including the ability to solve or avoid problems with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and other appropriate practices.

You will graduate from ANU, a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading diplomatic and international legal scholars and policy-makers.

Student experience

"When looking for Masters programs, the chance to combine international law with diplomacy was the primary reason for selecting ANU.

"The key benefit (of the Master of International Law and Diplomacy) is the ability to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to analysis – a skill that is increasingly valued by employers.

"Studying both diplomacy and international law gives students a holistic training in this field that neither program alone can deliver."

- Bhavani Kannan, Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (International Law) graduate. Read more >>


"After practising in litigation and human rights for several years. I was keen to enhance my credentials in international law. Diplomacy seemed to me to be a natural complement to international law, so I decided to pursue this option.

"I have worked in internationally-focused jobs ever since obtaining the degrees, including in the Australian Government's Office of International Law and now as a senior lawyer at an international criminal tribunal in The Hague."

- Jane McCosker, Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (International Law) graduate. Read more >>

Career outcomes

Taught in the nation’s heart of diplomacy and law, our innovative program prepares you for exciting career paths including:

  • Peace and conflict resolution;
  • Disciplinary experts;
  • Political journalism;
  • International justice;
  • International economic development;
  • Humanitarian relief;
  • Human rights advocacy; and
  • Political and economic risk analysis within government, private sector and international organisations.

This degree equips future leaders of both diplomatic and legal practice with knowledge and skills – such as critical analysis, strategic thinking and cross-cultural communication – to succeed in a changing geo-political world.

Academic experts

You will be taught by internationally recognised scholars from both The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. You will also learn from senior diplomatic and international legal practitioners with a specific focus on transnational diplomacy, roles of non-state actors, negotiation and conflict resolution, international law principles and more.

ANU is ranked #1 in Australia and globally #10 for Politics and International Studies and #15 for Law (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019/20).

Program and Courses

For information on admission requirements, fees, courses, electives, suggested study patterns and more see Programs and Courses »

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team