Master of International Law and Politics*


The Master of International Law and Politics is designed for students with an honours degree in some area of international politics, diplomacy or international law, who wish to develop their specialist knowledge in international law, politics and conflict resolution.

The degree prepares students for exciting careers in the diplomatic service, specialised legal practice, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, the military, and international and development organisations.

* This qualification is not open to new enrolments in 2017. See the new Master of International Relations and Diplomacy instead.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have qualified for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science or Diplomacy and International Relations, or a related subject, or have alternative qualifications and experience acceptable to the programme.

For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of International Law and Politics or use the admission requirements checker

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

Qualification structure and duration

The MIntLaw&Pols comprises of a written dissertation and four courses, including two to three courses in international politics and one to two courses in international law. 

One of the courses credited must be ILAP601 Principles of Public International Law, unless the candidate has completed a LAWS 300-level course, or equivalent, on the principles of public international law. Students are strongly recommended to include either ILAP663 Ethics and International Relations or ILAP651 Intervention and International Relations.

The dissertation can be submitted in March (for students commencing study in Semester 1) or July (for students commencing study in Semester 2) in the year following the commencement of study.


One year full-time or two years part-time.

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of International Law and Politics.

For study planning help contact the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences or the College of Arts:

College of Arts
University of Canterbury
History Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2176
Email arts@canterbury.ac.nz