Postgraduate

Master of International Relations

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to tackle international issues.
1.5-2
Years Full Time

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

This course prepares graduates for careers in businesses and government departments with international linkages, agencies involved in regional or global governance and international non-governmental organisations. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional areas and is applicable to a variety of employment options. 
This course prepares graduates for careers in businesses and government departments with international linkages, agencies involved in regional or global governance and international non-governmental organisations. Expertise in international relations complements qualifications in a range of professional areas and is applicable to a variety of employment options. 

Further Study

If you complete a dissertation as part of this course, you may choose to progress to a PhD. You may also wish to complete another postgraduate course, such as the Master of Business Administration.
If you complete a dissertation as part of this course, you may choose to progress to a PhD. You may also wish to complete another postgraduate course, such as the Master of Business Administration.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates have found employment at the following organisations: 

  • Perth US Asia Centre
  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network 
  • ACFID Research for Development Impact Network 
  • Australian Institute for International Affairs + Young Professionals Network 
  • United Nations Association of Australia
  • UWA Public Policy Institute 
  • UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies 
  • UWA Africa Research and Engagement Centre
  • UWA Confucius Institute 








 

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
96
Average Annual Fee - 2021
$8,747.06
Typical Fee Range - 2021
$3,950.00 - $14,500.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$67,600.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$67,600.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
and
(c) successfully completed prior study in a field relevant to International Relations; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Relations at UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
Bachelor of science and master of teaching (secondary)

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

This professionally oriented course offers you the opportunity to gain deep expertise in international relations, with particular focus on our dynamic Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. It prepares you for a rewarding career in foreign affairs and diplomacy, government, international and non-governmental organisations, the media and education. 

DollarThis course has recently become subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP). Visit our fee calculator for new CSP rates and an estimate on your course fees.

About the course

A professionally oriented course for graduates and practitioners seeking expertise in international relations.
Master of International Relations

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 8-10 hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 11580
CRICOS code
  • 069311D
Master of International Relations
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 8-10 hours plus own study time
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 11580
CRICOS code
  • 069311D
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years or 1.5 years with a relevant undergraduate degree as assessed by Faculty
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of International Relations
Study Abroad

Taking you global

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You'll learn to

  • analyse complex global problems 
  • develop expertise in policy analysis and writing 
  • link international relations theory to policy and practice 
  • conduct research in your field 
  • engage with professionals in your field 

Changing the world through international relations

Interested in leading diplomatic negotiations, developing foreign policy or tackling global crises? Find out more in Changing the world through international relations.

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognized by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty.
Core
Take all units (30 points):
Option - Group A
Students in the Master of International Relations by coursework only take units up to the value of 42 points from Group A, including at least one of POLS5682 or POLS5105 (capstone units). Students in the Master of International Relations by coursework and dissertation take units up to the value of 18 points from Group A and take all units from Group B (24 points).
Option - Group B
Take units as per the sequence notes in Group A.

Why study this course?

  1. Become an expert on the international relations in our region and the wider global system. 
  2. Engage with our active networks of experts, policymakers and practitioners. 
  3. Study international relations while practicing international relations. 
  4. Undertake a credited internship at a local, national or international organisation. 
  5. Link theory to practice in relation to major powers, regional dynamics and global issues. 

International Relations explained

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Work Integrated Learning

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum: take a credited internship with a local, national or international organisation. 
  • POLS5105 International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region: A course capstone experience that engages students with regional peers and policy practitioners to study the International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region. 
  • Career information sessions with DFAT and other Australian government agencies. 
CAREER

Career opportunities

Career opportunities are available to students throughout the university semester. 

  • “Careers In…” series: career /industry information and networking sessions on careers in: foreign affairs; defence; the public sector; government; media; Asia; strategic communication; NGO and community sectors
  • Professional development seminars: CV writing, public speaking, networking
  • Professional placements linked to relevant industry (WILG5001)
  • Weekly Political Science and International Relations research seminar series and other public events on campus
  • Staff/student social networking events each semester

Our graduates have found employment in the following organisations: 

  • UWA Public Policy Institute
  • UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies
  • UWA Africa Research and Engagement Centre
  • Perth US Asia Centre
  • UWA Confucius Institute
  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • ACFID Research for Development Impact Network
  • Australian Institute for International Affairs + Young Professionals Network
  • United Nations Association of Australia, WA  and more!
CAREER

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

Study International Relations while practicing international relations

Unit SOCS5105 International Collaborative Study Experience

  • Engaging postgrad students from Perth, Jakarta and Pretoria with the International Relations in the Indian Ocean Region
  • Linking theory to practice via expert seminars by Indonesian, Australian, South African, Indian and IORA diplomats, academics, analysts, journalists
  • Visits to historic sites: 1955 Bandung Asia-Africa Conference Museum; Apartheid Museum
  • Collaborating via cross-cultural student group projects & presentations 

Note: Rotating unit delivery 2018 Jakarta, 2019 Pretoria

Meet our alumni

Alessandro Silvestri

Alessandro Silvestri

Alessandro completed his combined Master of International Law and Master of International Relations in 2018. We caught up with him to find out about his time at UWA.

"To be honest, my favourite aspect was the calibre and competency of the lecturers and personnel that are involved with this program. I had never encountered people with such talent, passion and knowledge in International Law; lecturers such as Dr Melanie O'Brien and Dr Fiona McGaughey, in particular, instilled in me so much enthusiasm in international law and advancing its various disciplines that motivated me to pursue an academic career."

"Finally, and also very importantly, all people with whom I have had the pleasure of interacting showed me great humanity and understanding. In 2018, I was passing through a tough period of my life, but the support that I have received from UWA and, in particular, the members of the UWA Law School, gave me the strength to complete my degree with distinction. Choose law for the people."
 
"Building on the above, while I will not deny that the workload necessitates an important level of commitment and work, the opportunity that the UWA Law School offers is unique. You will have the opportunity to deal with some of the best people, both academically and on a human level, that you have ever encountered. It offers you the positive challenge to grow as a thinker and as a person in a nurturing and supportive environment."

"I am sure that everyone has, at some stage in life, wondered how and why we create and then respect the law. Law is the vehicle through which you can make changes happen and make our society a better place to live in. Choose law to be the change."  

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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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