Master of International Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of International Studies is designed to equip students with analytical and critical skills for understanding contemporary international politics, and will prepare you for entry into a wide range of professions in international affairs.

The course responds to contemporary developments that affect the governance of societies across the globe, from terrorism to public sector reform. It covers a wide variety of areas that include the study of globalisation, development, democracies, processes of state formation, international organisations, theories of International Relations (IR), international political economy, international security, global environmental politics, Asia Pacific and Northeast Asian Politics.

You will be exposed to a wide variety of topics that bring you an in-depth understanding of the forces and institutions that shape the relations between states and the governance of societies across the globe. Undertaking a Master of International Studies at the University of Sydney will give you access to world-class experts in a broad politics and international relations field.

Some of the dynamic areas that you can focus on include the study of globalisation, international political economy, international security, human rights, global environmental politics, Asia Pacific and northeast Asian politics, and international relations theory.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The MIntS requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study; and

(b) a maximum of 78 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional minor as listed in the unit of study table. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the International Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties; and

(c) a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of International Studies have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the program have built successful careers in the Australian diplomatic corps, international organisations, media, consulting firms and the public service.

Graduates of the program have built successful careers in the Australian diplomatic corps, international organisations, media, consulting firms and the public service.

Further study

Graduates of the Master of International Studies who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of International Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Studies with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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International students

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