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Master of International Relations

Overview

Gain an advanced understanding of the key issues and challenges in contemporary world politics, international security, foreign affairs, and international and regional governance.

The Master of International Relations (MIR) is a coursework program aimed at developing conceptual and empirical understanding and skill-sets in research and knowledge in the IR field. You'll work with world-class teachers and researchers who are in touch with industry partners and participate in regular public commentary and debate in their fields, and you'll study alongside students from many different countries and backgrounds.

The one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) program builds on a core of nearly 20 courses and projects covering the main elements of IR, including fields such as IR of the Asia-Pacific Region, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, Ethics and Human Rights, and Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development.

You may also participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship Program.

UQ’s Master of International Relations will equip you with the analytical and practical skills for a career in diplomacy, government, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, the UN, international journalism, or development. 

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5639
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$30304 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5639
CRICOS Code
089172M
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Select from a diverse spectrum of courses.
  • Study with students from a range of countries and backgrounds.
  • Choose to include a fieldwork experience or research thesis, and/or participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship Program.
  • Develop the necessary skills for a rewarding career in government or non-government sectors.

1 in Queensland for politics and international studies

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Australia for social sciences and humanities

CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • International Security
  • Globalisation, International Political Economy and Development
  • Principles of International Law
  • Law, Terrorism and Human Rights

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Asia-Pacific international relations adviser
  • Policy and advocacy adviser
  • Policy officer
  • Ministerial officer
  • External affairs officer
  • Senior compliance officer
  • International aid coordinator
  • International law associate
  • Overseas development manager
  • Human rights advocate

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, and law.

Prerequisites

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

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, and law.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, and Law.

To satisfy the requirement for same discipline a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of International Relations are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $30,304

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of International Relations for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of International Relations pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $23,940

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Master of International Relations for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

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