Study international relations at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Government is housed in the Walter Boas Building which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the school are delivered in cutting-edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities.

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.
  • The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean.
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business & Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission.
  • The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.
  • The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement.
  • The School has a multifaculty Executive Management Group overseeing its activities.
  • The School’s work will be supported by an external advisory board comprised of leading figures from the worlds of government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
Collaborative work and social spaces enable you to network, exchange ideas and socialise with others, as well as build a strong cohort experience. Facilities include dedicated teaching and event spaces, and study and meeting rooms.



The Master of International Relations is offered collaboratively by several schools in the Melbourne Faculty of Arts. The degree is designed for graduates who are seeking careers in international affairs, in government, diplomacy, non-government organisations (NGOs), international organisations, and the media. It is a program that combines advanced study in the field of international relations, with relevant professional skills development, and an electives program that is specifically designed to promote cross-cultural understanding. The elective program is also to reflect Australia’s geographic location and the University of Melbourne’s research strengths, notably in Asian and Islamic Studies with an emphasis on Asian and Islamic politics, society and culture. The program will also offer students exchange and language study opportunities. The degree is specifically designed as a pathway to professional employment; however, there is a thesis option for high-achieving students who may wish to progress to a PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to
  • Study contemporary issues including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics.
  • Acquire deep knowledge of key developments within international relations, as well as the roles of the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations.
  • Apply skills and knowledge and gain relevant work experience through an optional internship.
  • Become an active global citizen with keen cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in international student exchanges and study another language.
  • Potentially progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.
Learning Outcomes
The Master of International Relations is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and professionally-oriented degree in international relations, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to provide students with a conceptual knowledge of key developments in international relations together with the practical skills that are relevant to a career in international affairs, including working in international organisations, government, business, media, and non-government organisations.

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

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