Offered for the first time in Queensland in 2017, this exciting dual-program offers a rare opportunity to earn two sought-after master's qualifications in two years and supercharge your international career.

  • Attain two master's degrees in two years – the Master of International Relations and the Master of International Law – faster than if studying each individually. Entry is through both work experience and study – no law degree required.
  • The School of Political Science and International Studies is the number-one ranked university in Australia for international politics. The T.C. Beirne School of Law is ranked 48 in the world in QS World University Rankings.
  • The Master of International Relations allows you to delve into exciting and topical fields relevant to contemporary world politics, international security, foreign affairs, and international and regional governance.
  • The Master of International Law provides a fascinating insight into some of the most compelling issues facing the world today in areas such as business, diplomacy, international policy, advocacy, negotiation, and war.

This double master's program is one of only two dual international relations and international law programs in Australia, and provides essential knowledge about the relationships between international law, politics and business.

  • In the classroom

    Our academics are world-class

    Teaching staff in the MIR/MILaw include academics, legal practitioners, judges, and international scholars. Together, they bring a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and views to the program, enriching discussions with current thinking, a high level of professional knowledge, and high expectations.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

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  • Why study

    About the MIR/MILaw

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry and the profession

    The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law's award-winning Student Employability Team (SET) helps students develop their careers with a range of professional opportunities. These include internships, mentoring programs, inspirational guest speakers and career planning advice.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Masters of International Relations and International Law have the knowledge to work in any internationally focused career, whether in government, NGOs or international business.

This dual program unlocks many diverse careers, including in:

  • government policy, foreign trade and diplomatic services,
  • UN, World Bank and other major international NGOs,
  • international policy and research institutes, or
  • international business.

For graduates with research aspirations, the Masters of International Relations and International Law includes opportunities to undertake a supervised research project and write a dissertation, laying the groundwork for possible future PhD study.


Entry requirements


Applicants must meet the entry requirements for both programs to be admitted to the dual degree.

MIR (24 units)
An approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

A GCIR or GCIS or GDipIS from the university with a GPA of 5; or

An approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 and a minimum of three years professional experience, approved by the executive dean.

MIL (24 Units)
An approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5.

Program structure

The Masters of International Relations/International Law is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Masters of International Relations/International Law has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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

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