The Master of International Relations will equip you with the necessary analytical and practical skills for a career in government, non-government organisations, major project management or journalism.

  • This one-year master's program is suitable for those with an approved honours degree – see Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Gain an advanced understanding of the key issues and challenges in contemporary world politics, international security, foreign affairs and international and regional governance.
  • Choose from more than 30 core and elective courses to build conceptual and practical skills relevant to your career aspirations. There is also an option to complete a research dissertation.
  • Take advantage of activities offered beyond the classroom that focus on enhancing your employability as a future leader and contribute to a community of learners and researchers.

Graduate with a globally respected qualification that will deepen your professional skill set and make you stand out in a competitive job market.

  • Teaching staff

    World class teachers

    You will have access to world-class teachers and researchers who are in touch with industry partners and participate in regular public commentary and debate in their fields.

  • Students

    Multicultural learning environment

    You will study alongside students who come from a range of countries and backgrounds, giving you a global perspective.

  • Professional experience


    Gain hands-on experience through our internship program – an opportunity to work closely with an organisation in Australia or overseas.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The program is housed in the School of Political Science and International Studies which has a lively intellectual culture and hosts high-profile annual lectures, research seminars, public lectures and photography competitions.

  • Why study


  • Alumni
    The greatest strength of the master’s program was its staff. The lecturers fostered a stimulating academic environment with a dynamic student body, challenged me to elevate the standard of my work, and were highly supportive of professional development. The program benefits not only from the high-profile academic output of its staff, but also its strong links with other academic communities and practitioners. Libby Feeney, Master of International Relations

Career outcomes

Students have found careers in a range of areas including government, diplomacy, international organisations, NGOs, journalism and think tanks, as well as in the private sector.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of International Relations are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of International Relations. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of International Relations at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

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