Master of International Relations

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Welcome to the Master of International Relations program

Our world is being shaped by big questions about global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations. These questions help define what this Master of International Relations is all about. 


Topics covered explore the security, ethical, legal, and economic dimensions of international relations. This provides you with the opportunity to examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management, and terrorism.

The course offers a range of topics such as global security, economics and human rights with three specialisations to choose from:

  • international diplomacy and trade
  • governance and security
  • political violence and counter-terrorism

Students may also choose to complete general studies in international relations.


Double degrees

You may also elect to enrol in our one of our double master's degrees:

Master of International Relations and Master of Journalism


Master of International Relations (double master's international) with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Offering a truly international perspective, this double degree course immerses you in two cultures. It combines the Master of International Relations at Monash with the Master of Arts in Chinese Politics and Economy from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

International relevance and practical experience

As a student in Monash’s Master of International Relations, you will have the opportunity to engage with the sector and participate in internships and field schools both in Australia and overseas.

Experiential learning

The Master of International Relations helps you to develop a range of important generic skills which many employers consider invaluable. This is because the MIR degree encompasses analysis of complex political, social and strategic problems, as well as the development of the skills needed to communicate this analysis, providing a basis for diverse career possibilities.

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Research-led teaching

As a student in the Master of International Relations, you will have the opportunity to be taught by academic staff who are widely regarded as the leading experts in their respective fields. Our program staff have strong networks with a number of international and local organisations.

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International opportunities

We understand how valuable it is for you to engage with the international community and the opportunity to study and attend field schools internationally. This is an integral part of supporting your career. The Master of International Relations will give you the opportunity to take advantage of Monash’s global presence, with locations in South Africa, Malaysia, China, and Italy.

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All students can apply for funding to attend international field schools via Monash Abroad.


Students can choose to study one of the following three specialisations, or complete general studies in international relations:

Governance and security

This specialisation provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how power, authority, and participation is managed within and amongst states as well as challenges to this domestically and internationally. Focus is on the practical applications of governance, institutions, the rule of law, and how this works in the contemporary global environment.

International diplomacy and trade

This specialisation will advance your knowledge across international trade, diplomacy, and international law. It is designed for people at the start of their careers as well as people working in the field who want to develop their careers in international public policy, NGOs and government departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Political violence and counter-terrorism

This specialisation provides students with a critical engagement with manifestations of political violence, as well as the ideologies and conditions that give rise to political violence. Focus is on understanding terrorism and political extremism, the conditions associated with preventing and combating political violence, and the impacts of these activities on democratic and civil liberties.

General studies in international relations

This enables you to tailor your unit choices to suit your own interests or needs while addressing the fundamental debates framing global politics. By selecting across the range of specialisations, you will be able to examine key issues in foreign policy, international and comparative governance, world order and security, human rights, European studies, crisis management, diplomacy and trade, or terrorism.

How to study

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To expand your skills in two key areas, students have the option of studying a double Masters program. While studying International Relations, you can also complete a Master of Journalism. Learn more 

Click here for information about fees and entry requirements for the double master’s.

Click here for fees and entry requirements for domestic and international students.

Click here for Scholarships and Funding information for domestic and international students.

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for English language requirements for this course.

Visit English language requirements for information on:

  • English language proficiency tests – what is required and how to arrange testing
  • The Monash University English Language Centre as a pathway for students who need help to meet the minimum English language requirements

See Fees and Entry Requirements (above) for a link through to study length options available for this course.

Depending on your qualification background and study goals, most of our Masters programs are available in three versions:

  • 96 points - Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • 72 points - Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • 48 points - Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-time and part-time study options

Domestic students can reduce the number of units they study each semester by choosing to enrol part-time. If you choose to study part-time, be aware that:

  • Night classes may not be available for all units.
  • This option is not available to international students.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as domestic students.

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have recently finished their degrees, individuals entering the industry for the first time or current industry professionals looking at furthering their career opportunities.

What our alumni think

Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of occupations and have, for example, been employed by the UN, the Australian government, and non-governmental organisations such as the International Red Cross.

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Meet Our Academic Teaching Staff

Our academic teaching staff members are innovative researchers and established industry professionals.

Associate Professor Maria Rost Rublee

Maria Rost Rublee is a senior lecturer (associate professor) at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and director of the Master of International Relations.

Dr Steven Zech

Dr Steven Zech serves as Deputy Director for the Master of International Relations program and specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology.

Dr Benjamin MacQueen

Dr Benjamin MacQueen’s research and teaching centres on the politics of conflict, its resolution, and issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction with a specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa.

Associate Professor Pete Lentini

Dr Pete Lentini (BA, Political Science and Russian, University of Rhode Island 1988; PhD, Institute of Russian and East European Studies, Glasgow University 1997) is currently Deputy Head of the School of the Political and Social Inquiry, Co-Convenor of the Global Terrorism Research Unit and a Senior Lecturer in Politics.

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo

Associate Professor Katrina Lee-Koo lectures in International Relations and is Deputy Director of Monash GPS (Gender, Peace and Security). Katrina teaches and researches in the field of security studies. She looks particularly at critical security studies, and the protection and participation of civilians in conflict affected areas and peace processes (focused upon women and children).

Dr Remy Davison

Dr Rémy Davison is Jean Monnet Chair in Politics & Economics in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Monash University, and Associate Director of the Monash European and EU Centre.

Dr Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly is a broadcaster, author, academic, rock musician and former AFL mascot. His social and political commentary has produced an award-winning book and multiple literary shortlistings, and appears in newspapers such as The Guardian,The Australian, and The Age.

Contact us

For course specific information and other general questions, please visit our future student enquiries page.
Call us on 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274)
From outside Australia phone  +61 3 9902 6011

CRICOS code: 082659M