Master of International Relations

1-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - Domestic and International students.


Our Master of International Relations degree will open doors for your career in government, the private sector, the NGO sector and academia. It engages in debates in International Relations theory, international governance and law, international security, international political economy and international history. You can choose to focus on Asia-Pacific, Europe, or the Middle East with expert tuition from regional specialists who are the best in their field.

An optional internship allows you to apply your skills and gain career-oriented work experience in international organisations, government, business, media and non-government organisations. This degree goes beyond learning theoretical perspectives by putting what you study into practice in a working environment.

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You will have the opportunity to

  • Study contemporary issues including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics.
  • Acquire deep knowledge of key developments within international relations, as well as the roles of the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations.
  • Apply skills and knowledge and gain relevant work experience through an optional internship.
  • Become an active global citizen with keen cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in international student exchanges and study another language.
  • Potentially progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.

Careers in International Relations

Our graduates are employed by the:

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The European Commission
  • The Age

Our graduates are employed as:

  • Policy Advisor
  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Graduate Policy Analyst
  • Policy Officer
  • Business Development Coordinator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Welfare Officer

Australia Award opportunities

The Melbourne School of Government welcomes recipients of Australia Award Scholarships (AAS) for all of our Masters and Research programs.

Go to the Office of Graduate Studies page to find out more about:
  • Our services for AAS students
  • How to apply
  • Our AAS student profiles

Master of International Business

Students who enrol and complete the 100 point version of the Master of International Relations (MIR) program in the Faculty of Arts will be eligible to enrol into and receive 50 points of credit towards the 150 point version of the Master of International Business (MIB) program at Melbourne Business School. Upon successful completion of 100 points of specified core and capstone subjects from the MIB program, MIR students will be awarded the MIB degree. For more information click on ‘Make an Enquiry’ at the top of this page.
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