Master of International Relations at University of New South Wales, Australia

The UNSW Master of International Relations has been developed in consideration of the complexity and globalization of today's world and will help you get a deeper understanding of international relations and world politics.


The UNSW Master of International Relations has been developed in consideration of the complexity and globalization of today's world and will help you get a deeper understanding of international relations and world politics. 

With this degree, you'll be able to analyze many theories and problems in contemporary international politics. Global environmental politics, civil unrest, terrorism, rivalry between great powers, regional wars, nuclear proliferation, human rights, gender politics, the international political economy, development, and other significant global issues will all be covered in your studies.

You'll also learn how our perceptions of the world are influenced by these international relations ideas and concepts. After completing this program, you'll have the in-depth expertise and experience required to work in a variety of domestic and international businesses, including NGO's, governmental organizations, and multinational corporations.

What you will study

This curriculum is intended to acknowledge and celebrate the unique skills and life experiences you bring to your postgraduate studies.

You may be able to get a streamlined degree if you have the right kind of experience. If you have minimal work experience when you first begin the program, you will dedicate the entire two years to studying.

The program has three different streams depending on your prior qualifications: 

  • The one-year stream requires completion of 48 units of credit over one year of full-time enrollment (or the equivalent in part-time); 

  • The 1.5-year stream requires completion of 72 units of credit over one and a half years of full-time enrollment; and 

  • The two-year stream requires completion of 96 units of credit over two years of full-time enrollment (or part-time equivalent). 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the ways in which new knowledge is produced and a deeper understanding of international relations is achieved.

  1. Provide instances of your highly developed problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are applicable to a wide range of international settings and practices.

  1. Manifest your understanding of both local and global issues in international relations.

  1. Communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences, do solo and group research, use technical knowledge, and be adaptable as a student and practitioner.

  1. Demonstrate your in-depth knowledge of international relations and your ability to use it in different international contexts.

Career Opportunities

With a UNSW Master of International Relations, you may study international relations and investigate global politics' many concerns. You can do this by using your degree to enter into occupations that help solve the world's challenges.

  • Public sector entities include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Home Affairs, and the foreign ministries of Mexico, Norway, and the UK (Singapore).

  • The private sector is made up of businesses, financial services, media outlets, and international corporations.

  • The United Nations and the World Bank are examples of multinational organizations

  • Non-governmental organizations in, among other countries, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Tonga

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Plan for  year 1: Graduate certificate (or equivalent) or honors degree in a relevant field, including a track record of academic achievement equal to a UNSW credit average (65 percent )

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent, one year of relevant professional experience, and a UNSW credit average (65 percent). A 1.5-year plan with a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) in a relevant field and a track record of academic excellence equal to a UNSW credit average (65 percent )

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, one year of professional experience that is relevant to the position, and academic credentials that are on par with a UNSW credit average (65 percent )

  • Graduate diploma or honors degree with UNSW credit average (65 percent ). a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any area, a two-year plan, and a record of academic excellence comparable to a UNSW credit average of 65 percent.

English Language Requirements

In order to study at UNSW, you may be required to provide proof of English proficiency, depending on your educational history and citizenship. UNSW demands a minimum level of English language competency for enrolment since English language skills are crucial for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

It will be mentioned in your application if proof of English proficiency is necessary. You can do so by demonstrating that you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. English language examinations and universities English courses

  2. Prior English language schooling is also a requirement.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Tuition Fee

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available for this degree.

  • 2022 Indicative CSP First Year Fee - $14,630

  • 2022 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree - $29,515

Full fees refer to the cost of a degree for students who do not secure a CSP slot.

  • 2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee - $27,360

  • 2022 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree - $55,285


Each year, UNSW gives more than $83 million in scholarships. We like to support success and grant college access to kids from all backgrounds. Whether you're an American or an international student, our variety of scholarships, prizes, and awards will support you along the way.

$77,275 per course
  • Level
    Masters Coursework
  • Delivery
    Online and On Campus
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Application Fee
    $125 AUD
  • Intake
  • Language Test Score
  • Scholarship
    Full tuition fee scholarships