Postgraduate Courses

Master of International Studies

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Master of International Studies



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1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

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On-campus (Face-to-face)

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The Master of International Studies is an interdisciplinary coursework degree grounded in theoretical and professional perspectives. It reflects the growing realisation that understanding and addressing complex global challenges requires an approach that goes beyond traditional academic disciplinary boundaries. The course seeks to explain, debate, critically analyse and apply key concepts and ideas in international studies to give its graduates a strong understanding of the dynamics of internationalisation, globalisation, development and social change.

The combination of knowledge from the higher level coursework subjects plus training in research methods will give MIS graduates key skills to start a career in the public sector, in internationally-focused private sectors organisation, non-governmental organisations and, of course, in international organisations. It is also designed for people wanting extra skills to enable them to take the next step in their career or change careers.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of International Studies will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and communicate the main debates in international studies and related fields
  2. Analyse social and cultural change in international and regional contexts demonstrating a critical understanding of contemporary globalization and development issues
  3. Apply key theories of international studies to contemporary interactions in the corporate, government and non-profit sector
  4. Independently plan and execute a substantial research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates advanced understanding and critical analysis of the area of study.


Course Structure

Students need to complete 24 credit points of core subjects plus either MIST999 or MIST990 and 32-40 credit points of electives from schedules 1 and 2 below. Note: students can only elect a maximum three (3) subjects from Schedule 2.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MIST901 Politics of International Relations 8 Autumn
MIST920 Social Change and Development 8 Autumn
MIST926 Research Methods and Design 8 Not offered in 2015
Plus either:
MIST999 Advanced Topics in International Studies 8 Autumn, Spring
MIST990 Thesis in International Studies 16 Autumn, Spring
Electives Schedule 1
MIST900 International Law and Diplomacy 8 Spring
MIST905 Transforming Asia: Trends, Issues and Problems 8 Spring
MIST910 International Economic Relations 8 Spring
MIST908 Globalisation and Citizenship 8 Not offered in 2015
MIST913 Labour and Migration 8 Spring
MIST914 Comparative Public Policy 8 Autumn
MIST930 Internship in International Studies 8 Autumn, Spring
Electives Schedule 2
MIST931 Politics in the USA 8 Not offered in 2015
MIST932 Conflict, Peace and Security 8 Autumn
MIST933 New Social Movements 8 Autumn
MIST911 Global Technology and Cultural Transformation 8 Not offered in 2015

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

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Last reviewed: 17 July, 2017