Master of International Relations

The University of Melbourne

This is a multidisciplinary and professionally oriented program designed to further intellectual understanding for career opportunities in government, the private sector, the NGO sector and academia. The core of the program engages students in key debates in international relations theory, international governance and law, international security, international political economy and international history. Drawing on the expertise of regional specialists, students can choose to focus on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,285
International: $72,160

Entry Requirements:

200 point program: an undergraduate degree, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent. 100 point program: an honours degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with at least H2B (70%) average, or equivalent, and at least 2 years of documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent


200-point (2 year) program, 150-point (1.5 year) program, and a 100-point (1 year) program for students holding a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or who have at least 2 years' relevant work experience.

Subjects you can Study:

International relations

Study Pathways:

High achieving students may be eligible to progress to a PhD.

Who for:

Those seeking careers in international affairs, international organisations, government, business, media and non-government organisations

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years
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Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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