Learn how the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations operate in our global community, and acquire knowledge of key developments within international relations. The Master of International Relations engages with theory, international governance and law, international security, international political economy and international history.
Participate in an international student exchange and study another language to complement your skills. You can transcend theoretical perspectives by applying your expertise in a working environment, such as through an optional internship. Designed to meet your career-oriented goals, your internship can be in international organisations, government, business, media and NGOs.
Who is it for?
If you want to open doors in your career in government, the private and NGO sector or academia, the Master of International Relations helps you to understand contemporary issues facing international laws, policies and governance.
Discover the nuanced international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics. You can train your focus on the Asia-Pacific, Europe, or the Middle East with expert tuition from regional specialists. And there's always the option to progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.
University of Melbourne and American University Double Degree Program
Students from both institutions can undertake an additional year of study at the partner institution and be awarded the degrees from both; a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Service from American University. More Information...
Where will it take me?
On graduation from the Master of International Relations, you will be ready for work in professional fields including:
- Policy advisor and analyst
- Advocacy coordinator
- Business development and project coordinator
- Welfare officer
Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:
- Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Department of Foreign Affairs
- The European Commission
- The Age
- 31 October 2019 for Semester 1 2020 intake
Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 December 2019
- 31 March 2020 for Semester 2, 2020 intake
Please note: later applications for some courses may be accepted through until 31 May 2020
- Scholarship deadlines
In applying past the deadline, students should take into account student visa deadlines.
International applicants can apply up to one year in advance of their studies. That is, if a student would like to commence in Semester 1, they can apply from Semester 1 of the previous year
- For more detailed information please visit the Graduate Coursework application information web page
Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 Oct for Semester 1 and 31 March for Semester 2.