International Affairs
Masters (MIA)

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Master of International Affairs

Course code M1196

The Master of International Affairs (MIA) is a genuinely multi-disciplinary professional degree that explores the political, economic, strategic, cultural and legal forces that shape our region and world. Taking advantage of Murdoch's Indo-Pacific location, the degree equips students with the knowledge and skills for careers in a wide variety of sectors including government and foreign affairs, international organisations, national and international NGOs, and the private sector.
MIA students will examine contemporary issues in political economy, global trade, resource management, the role of international institutions, international security and arms control, international law, human rights, conflict management, and regional architecture.

Previous tertiary qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may qualify students for advanced standing, meaning they could complete a Masters qualification in as little as 12 or 18 months. (The 12 and 18 month programs are designed for those already working in the field of international affairs and who are seeking career advancement opportunities. The 2 year program is designed for recent graduates or those seeking a career change.) A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience. Students can find more information on admissions and advanced standing at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs website.

The MIA offers students:

  • A detailed knowledge of key concepts and issues in international relations, through intensive study of specialist units
  • High-level analytical skills to evaluate contemporary challenges in international affairs, developed through the practical investigation of pressing global issues and problems
  • Professional skills in leadership, management and communication
  • Policy electives that provide a deep understanding of contemporary political, social and cultural trends in East Asia and the Indo-Pacific region in a global context

Students study core subjects in international relations, international law, international political economy, and international history, and can choose from a range of electives to suit their professional needs and policy interests, including an opportunity to study Indonesian or Japanese. The degree concludes with a ‘capstone’ experience with students opting to undertake either a policy case study project, a professional internship, or a supervised research thesis.