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.

Our program offers 3 streams:

  • Governance and Security
  • Rights and Justice
  • Counter-Terrorism and Political Violence

You may also elect to enrol in our double masters program: Journalism and International Relations.


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 campuses 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.

Study Streams

Student can study within the following streams:

The Governance and Security stream 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.

The Rights and Justice stream provides students with a deep, cross-disciplinary understanding of the principles governing the global human rights regime, its controversies, and the challenges it faces. Focus is on exploring the articulation and application of rights and justice in both domestic and international frameworks, with a particular emphasis on how international actors engage with issues of rights and justice.

The Counter-Terrorism and Political Violence stream 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.

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 Masters.

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.

A small number of CSP places are available for some of our Masters programs. Refer to Fees and Entry Requirements (above) to check availability of CSP places for this course. Where places are available we automatically assess all eligible applicants before semester one and two for this award. High-achieving students should ensure they apply before the advertised deadline for the relevant intake to be ranked for potential selection. Applications received after the deadline may be accepted for a full-fee place, however will not be considered for a Commonwealth Supported place.

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.


Dr Benjamin MacQueen

Dr Benjamin MacQueen is the course coordinator for the Master of International Relations. His 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.


Mr 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.


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.


Dr Swati Parashar

Dr Swati Parashar is a prolific social and political commentator on South Asia, terrorism and gender and has contributed to print and electronic media in Australia and India.


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.

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