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
  • Global Migration
  • International diplomacy and trade
  • Political violence and counter-terrorism
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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

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:

Professional Enhancement Program

PEP is tailor-made to equip you with career planning support and professional skills development. Integral to our Graduate Coursework programs, ranked Top 1% in the world, and taught by academic and industry experts.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

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.

Double your qualifications

Graduate with two Master's degrees in as short as 2 years: Choose our double Master's with Journalism, or our truly international double Master's with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Save time, broaden your skills and double your career opportunities.

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.

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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: 96 points to complete Duration 2 years full-time.4 years part-time.

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

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

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


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, including humanities and social sciences with at least a 50 percent average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

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

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

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in four parts: Part A. Core Master's Study, Part B. Specialist Studies, Part C. Application studies and Part D. Advanced Expertise. All students complete Parts A and B. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part C, Part D, or a combination of the two.

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

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

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



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

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