UNSW Australia

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Master of International Relations


UNSW Sydney, NSW

Sydney, New South 2052


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts- International RelationsMaster of International Relations and Master of Public Policy Master of International Law and International Relations

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in International Relations engages students in the processes and practices of contemporary world politics at an advanced level. Students learn from academic staff who are recognized for their research and teaching excellence in the theories and practices of international relations, including the areas of international law, political economy, security studies, foreign policy, regional studies and gender studies. Core and elective courses are informed by these research strengths and scholarly insights.

The program emphasizes the relationship between international relations theory and practice. Students are introduced to the key theories of International Relations and examine how these theories shape our view of the world. Students develop the ability and insight to analyze critical global issues such as military intervention, the rule of law, environmental degradation, human security, economic development, human rights and global poverty.

Students learn in an engaging and interactive seminar environment with the program attracting a wide variety of students from Australia and overseas. The program offers diverse and rigorous courses which challenge students to be intellectually adventurous and acquire a greater understanding of the complex and progressive nature of international relations theory and practice.

Master of International Law and International Relations
This program is jointly offered by the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences and the UNSW Law. The program is designed for students with backgrounds in law, social sciences or humanities who are interested in a career in international law and international relations. Students study eight courses, two core courses plus three Law and three International Relations electives.

Master of International Relations and Master of Public Policy
Students have the opportunity to study a combination of two programs, the UNSW Master of Arts in International Relations and the Peking University Master of Public Policy. The combined program will extend and deepen students existing skills, knowledge and understanding of global politics and public policy.
See the UNSW Handbook for further details.

Our graduates can be found in a range of challenging and high profile roles, both in Australia and internationally including:

Public sector: AusAid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship Affairs (Australia), Ministry of External Affairs (Mexico), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway) and the Ministry of Defence (Singapore).

Private sector: Media organizations, transnational corporations, industry and financial services.

International organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

Non-government organizations in countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand and Tonga.

The program is also a gateway for higher research in international relations.

Students are encouraged to apply for internship programs and approach research institutes, international organizations, non-government organizations, government agencies or members of parliament. Students may undertake the Internship Course and link their internship experience to a program of academic assessment.
Students wishing to develop and extend their research skills and who are in the second half of their enrolment can apply to complete a 15,000 word Thesis.



International Student Requirements:

A recognized Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in the social sciences, humanities or law with good standing.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

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