International Relations (Double Masters with Shanghai Jiao Tong University) - A6013

International Relations (Double Masters with Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Master degree/Master degree

Offering a truly international perspective, this program immerses you in two cultures (with one full year in Australia and another in China). It combines the Master of International Relations at Monash with the Master of Arts in Chinese Politics and Economy from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Exploring the security, ethical, legal and economic dimensions of international relations, you will be prepared to deal critically and analytically with questions of global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations.

You will examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, crisis management and terrorism, as well as gender, development, migration and governance aspects of global politics.

Offered across four specialisations; general studies in international relations, governance and security, political violence and counter-terrorism, and international diplomacy and trade, the Master of International Relations component of this double degree course will help you make sense of the complexity of global politics and economics.  You will develop the analytical perspectives and skills necessary to see the "bigger picture" as well as detailed aspects of specific issues.  You will also gain a solid intellectual grounding in key debates, historical events and political institutions.

During your year in Shanghai, you will complete studies on the government and politics of China, and China's diplomacy and foreign policy.  You will also undertake studies in Chinese culture, to complement your developing expertise in the field.  Your studies will culminate in the completion of a thesis.

Being taught by leading experts in their respective fields, who have strong local and international networks, you will be exposed to the latest advances in international relations.

Our graduates have continued 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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At a glance

Course Details

  • 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

  • 2 years (full time)
Start date
Semester two (July)
Master of International Relations
Course Handbook

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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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


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% average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

For Chinese Nationals:

Please note that Shanghai Jiao Tong University requires Chinese nationals to sit and pass the National Master Unified Entrance Examination for master students (written exam and an interview with Shanghai Jiao Tong University) before applying to Monash for admission to this course.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6013


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

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Fees are subject to change annually.

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

Full fee

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


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


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.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.