Master of International Relations

Our world is being shaped by big questions about global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations. These questions help define what this Master of International Relations is all about. In short, this degree offers students a window into the diverse and dynamic world of politics in the 21st century.

Topics covered explore the security, ethical, legal, and economic dimensions of international relations. There are opportunities to examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management, and terrorism. In addition, new units in the gender, development, migration and governance aspects of global politics are being introduced.

A key aim of the degree is to help students make sense of this complexity by providing the analytical perspectives and skills needed to see both the ‘bigger picture’ and comprehend the detailed aspects of specific issues. All of our staff are active researchers who incorporate their expertise into the teaching program.

Students have the opportunity to study abroad, and to develop research interests in a number of areas. The Master of International Relations also offers a potential pathway into higher research degrees such as a PhD (subject to conditions).

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Employment opportunities

The Master of International Relations helps to develop a range of important generic skills which many employers consider invaluable. This is because the degree encompasses analysis of complex political, social and strategic problems, as well as the development of the skills needed to communicate this analysis, providing a basis for diverse career possibilities.

Our graduates have gone on to a broad range of occupations and have been employed by the likes of the UN, the Australian government, and non-governmental organisations such as the International Red Cross.

Andrew Newman

CROPPED-newman-150x150Andrew completed the Master of International Relations after joining us from La Trobe University. On graduating, Andrew went on to complete a PhD at Monash examining US efforts to assist Moscow in the safe management of Russian nuclear weapons.

After leaving Monash, Andrew spent three years with the Nuclear Science and Technology Office at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. From there he went to Harvard University’s ‘Project on Managing the Atom’, where he worked on reducing the risks of nuclear theft and terrorism worldwide, and examined constraints on the development of nuclear energy.

Andrew is now senior program officer at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington. The NTI is ‘a non-profit, non-partisan organisation with a mission to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and to work to build the trust, transparency, and security that are preconditions to the ultimate fulfillment of the [nuclear weapons] Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions’ ( His work focuses on the relationship between the development of civil nuclear energy and the efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

Muhammad Iqbal

image-150x150After graduating from the Master of International Relations, Muhammad went on to work as a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC) and the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI).

At GTReC, he is involved in various research activities, one of which looks at the use of online social media platforms by non-violent extremist groups, and he has presented at international conferences. At MSI, Muhammad helps run programs that host groups of visiting international fellows from overseas. He has also worked as a researcher and teaching associate at the Centre for Islam and the Modern World, and in the past has taught ‘Islam in the Malay world’.

Muhammad is currently preparing to undertake a PhD examining Islamic education in Indonesia.


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