International Relations - A6010

International Relations

Expert master degree

Our world is shaped by big questions about global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations. The Master of International Relations enables you to deal critically and analytically with such questions, providing a window into the dynamic world of 21st century politics.

The course explores the security, ethical, legal and economic dimensions of international relations. You will examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management and terrorism, as well as the gender, development, migration and governance aspects of global politics. We offer the following specialisations:

  • Advanced international relations
  • Gender, peace and security
  • Foreign policy and security
  • International diplomacy and trade
  • Political violence and counter-terrorism

The Master of International Relations will help you make sense of the complexity of global politics and economics by giving you the analytical perspectives and skills to see both the 'bigger picture' and detailed aspects of specific issues, with a solid intellectual grounding in key debates, historical events and political institutions.

You will be taught by leading experts in their respective fields, who have strong networks with a number of international and local organisations. This ensures that you will be exposed to the very latest advances in international relations.

The course also provides opportunities to study and attend field schools abroad, and to develop research interests in a number of areas. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of Monash's global presence, with campuses in South Africa, Malaysia, China, and Italy. And our internship program enables you to build practical experience as well as valuable professional networks in Australia and overseas.

These active research links shape our curriculum and ensure its relevance to provide you with the best employment and research opportunities. Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of occupations and have, for example, been employed by the United Nations, the Australian Government, and non-governmental organisations such as the International Red Cross.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of International Relations
Course Handbook

Please select a specialisation for more details:

Where could this degree take you?

Our unique policy-focused degree is led by world-class experts in political violence, counter-terrorism, and gender, peace and security. Tailor the program to your areas of interest while addressing fundamental debates framing global politics.

Study overseas

As a student in Monash University’s Master of International Relations, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry and participate in internships and field schools both in Australia and overseas. Take advantage of our global presence, with locations in Malaysia, China and Italy.

Gain practical experience

Develop a range of transferable skills through experiential learning. The MIR provides you with the tools to understand complex political, social and strategic problems, and the opportunities to learn how to proficiently communicate your analysis.

Learn from the best

You will learn from leaders in the field who are all highly regarded experts, sought after for their expertise to help solve political, humanitarian and ethical issues both nationally and internationally.

Double Degrees

We offer a double MA with Journalism , and a pathway to a highly selective  double MA with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The Monash Master of International Relations is the only affiliate member of APSIA (The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) in the Southern Hemisphere. We draw on APSIA's global network to connect students with career, internship, and professional development opportunities around the world.

News and events

From awards to industry events and field trips, discover what our students and teachers are actively involved in.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Depending on prior qualifications:

Entry level 1:
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty

Entry level 2:
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty

Entry level 3:
Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0) Pearson Test of English (Academic): score of 58 overall with no band lower than 50 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21, Listening: 12, Reading: 13 and Speaking: 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced international relations studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise.  All students complete Part B.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6010

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6010

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 082659M