Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Social Sciences
CoordinatorAssociate Professor Peter Lentini


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Research programs in international relations at Monash are designed to enable students in politics or related disciplines to explore, at an advanced level, the many issues and questions raised by the rapidly changing nature of contemporary world politics:

  • How are security issues to be understood in a fluid international system?
  • How far can the consideration of ethical, normative and cultural issues contribute to the understanding of politics across state boundaries?
  • How is globalisation affecting the sovereignty of states and the economic policies which governments pursue at home and abroad?
  • What is the significance of issues such as human rights and the environment in contemporary international politics?
  • What kind of world order, or disorder, is emerging in the aftermath of the twenty-first century?

The graduate coursework programs are particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in such areas as government, diplomacy, business, non-government organisations (NGOs), teaching and journalism.

Politics staff are active researchers who are engaged in public debate and are actively sought by the media for expert commentary and regularly address major forums, such as the Australian Institute of International Affairs, dealing with issues of major public interest.

For students who wish to undertake research in international relations at master's or doctoral level, the school is able to provide supervision in a wide variety of sub-fields, including, but not limited to:

  • arms control and strategic studies
  • Australian foreign policy
  • ethics and international relations
  • globalisation
  • international history
  • international law
  • international political economy
  • international relations in East, Southeast and South Asia
  • international relations theory
  • nationalism
  • Russia and the former Soviet Union
  • the European Union, NATO and transatlantic security
  • the Middle East
  • the 'war on terror'
  • US foreign policy.


For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • A6010 Master of International Relations
  • 4063 Master of Journalism and Master of International Relations