Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
|Year and Campus:||2015 - Parkville|
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Duration & Credit Points:||200 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.|
Professor Andrew Walter
Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)
The Master of International Relations is offered collaboratively by several Schools in the 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.
The MIR 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 nongovernment organisations.
|Course Structure & Available Subjects:||
200 point program
Duration: 2 years full-time / 4 years part-time
The Master of International Relations 200 point program requires:
Minor Thesis Option
100 point program
Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
The Master of International Relations 100 point program requires:
Minor Thesis Option
All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (25 points). Students must complete the relevant capstone option for their specialisation:
Capstone Stream 1: International Relations Minor Thesis (HIST90031 or POLS90027):
Purpose: An opportunity to integrate knowledge and research skills to address a research question; pathway to the PhD
Capstone Stream 2: POLS90009 International Relations Internship:
Purpose: An opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in social policy practice to solve problems that arise in professional contexts and develop an integrated understanding of research and practice
Capstone Stream 3: POLS90022 International Security and one of the following subjects:
Purpose: An opportunity to deepen understanding in one of three central fields of disciplinary specialization of International Security. Students will be required to tailor an assessed piece of work in the elective subject in ways that reflect their personal interests and draws on the subject matter of the core and linked international security-related elective subjects.
Capstone Stream 4: POLS90023 International Governance and Law and one of the following subjects:
Purpose: An opportunity to deepen understanding in one of three central fields of disciplinary specialization of International Governance. Students will be required to tailor an assessed piece of work in the elective subject in ways that reflect their personal interests and draws on the subject matter of the core and linked international governance-related elective subjects.
Capstone Stream 5: POLS90026 International Political Economy and one of the following subjects:
Purpose: An opportunity to deepen understanding in one of three central fields of disciplinary specialization of International Political Economy. Students will be required to tailor an assessed piece of work in the elective subject in ways that reflect their personal interests and draws on the subject matter of the core and linked political economy-related elective subjects.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• an undergraduate degree with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance; and
• relevance of previous studies.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Applicants with the following may be awarded up to 100 points of credit:
• an honours degree in a cognate discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent; or
• an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%), or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience.
Applicants seeking credit for relevant work experience must document their experience with a brief curriculum vitae detailing the experience, contact details of two referees who can confirm the authenticity and nature of the experience claimed, and a covering letter that explains how the experience is relevant to the program and prepares them for it.
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
|Further Study:|| |
Students who complete the minor thesis may be eligible for entry into the PhD.
MIR graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of the key ideas, actors, institutions and contemporary challenges in international relations through a core program and the opportunity for further specialisation in particular fields of study through a rich selection of electives. Graduates will have acquired the following:
MIR graduates will have acquired skills in the areas of:
|Links to further information:||http://www.ssps.unimelb.edu.au/|
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