Master of International Relations
Duration18 - 24 months
AED 9,415.35 / USD 2,565 per subject
*VAT 5% inclusive
Our Master of International Relations degree will enable you to understand how global issues affect your organisation or professional practice and help you to apply theories to create policies and strategies that are relevant to the region’s historical and cultural context.
The program provides students with the opportunity to engage with professionals in the sector, participate in events and internships. Through research, analysis, critical thinking and evaluation, you will develop skills that form the foundations for business and government leadership roles, combined with a thorough understanding of the international issues that affect the UAE, the GCC, and the Middle East and South Asia region.
You will learn about international law, diplomacy, and critical issues in conflict, security, development, humanitarianism, gender and the environment. This program will train you to understand and develop solutions to complex issues in a changing world. The program aims to enhance your soft skills such as networking and negotiation, which will improve your job prospects and make you competitive for any job in international affairs.
If you want to take a lead in tackling some of the major business, social and political issues that are impacting the international agenda, then the Master of International Relations degree is for you.
Special annual scholarship available for Master of International Relations (MIR) in cooperation with International Humanitarian City (IHC).
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Students applying for a master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) at an accredited institution of higher education and have achieved the minimum grades outlined below:
|Country||Direct Admission||Probationary Admission*
( GPA 2.5-2.99 or equivalent)
(GPA 2.0-2.49 or equivalent)
|Egypt||65% (Good)||57%||50% (Pass)|
|10 Point System: 7.0/10.0||10 Point System: 6.0/10.0||10 Point System: 5.0/10.0|
|4 Point System: 3.0/4.0||4 Point System: 2.5/4.0||4 Point System: 2.0/4.0|
|Russia||Average of 4||Average of 3.5||Average of 3|
|UK||2nd Class Honours with lower division (or min 50%)||45%||Pass (or min 40%)|
* Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in the relevant field of study, or its equivalent, with an overall GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (on a 4.0 scale) may be conditionally admitted to a master’s program, only if they meet the necessary English language requirement. Such students must take a maximum of 18cp of subjects studied for the master’s degree during the period of conditional admission and must achieve an overall WAM of 55 in their first 3 subjects at the University. Students who fail to achieve this standard may have their enrolment discontinued.
** Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in the relevant field of study, or its equivalent, with an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 (on a 4.0 scale) may be conditionally admitted to a master’s degree, only if they meet the necessary English language requirement and they will be required to complete a maximum of 18cp remedial non-credit bearing subjects prior to enrolment in their chosen master’s degree. Students must achieve a minimum WAM of 55 in these subjects in order to progress to the Master’s degree or may have their enrolment discontinued.
 Unless otherwise stated, the entry requirements above are based on Section I institutions. Further details on alternate entry requirements can be obtained by contacting the Admissions department.
At UOWD, all classes are taught in English and in order to enrol in a master's degree you will need to submit one of the following certificate of English language proficiency:
|English Language Test||Entry Score|
|IELTS (Academic)||Overall score of 6.0 with 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking|
|Internet-based TOEFL||88 with not less than 22 in Writing, 20 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 18 in Speaking|
|Computer based TOEFL||213 with a 4.0 TWE/Essay Writing|
|International paper based TOEFL||550 with a 4.0 TWE/Essay Writing|
|EmSAT Achieve – English||1400|
Note: Students with a score of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each band at the time of entry are exempt from an additional English subject at AED 8,967/USD 2,444.
If you are seeking credit for prior learning, you will need to submit an official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and the grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) for the courses you have successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty Offices prior to the beginning of the program.
To make an application for your chosen program, complete the online application form and submit it along with all your supporting documentation (see below) prior to the application deadline.
Late applications may be accepted subject to the availability of places but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
The following records are required to process your application. Please ensure that all these documents accompany your UOWD application for admission form submittal:
- The original transcripts of your bachelor’s degree results
- A Certificate of Completion
(If the above documents are not in English, a certified English translation is required)
- Proof of your english language proficiency
(Note: Results from IELTS & TOEFL tests must be sent to the University directly from the IELTS or TOEFL testing centres quoting the UOWD institution code IELTS: AE109 / TOEFL: 7907)
- Your current resume or CV
- A copy of your UAE ID card (if applying from within the UAE)
- A copy of your passport (and Residence Visa, if resident in the UAE).
Additionally, if you are seeking advance standing in your chosen program:
- Certified copies of official academic transcripts showing all courses studied and grades obtained, syllabus details (including information on course content) of the courses you successfully completed and an explanation of the grading system.
Applications are required to obtain attestation / equivalency of their bachelor’s degree from the UAE Ministry of Education. The attestation / equivalency process is dependent upon whether you completed your bachelor’s degree within the UAE or outside the UAE.
If the bachelor’s degree was completed outside UAE, you must have your bachelor’s degree and transcripts/mark sheets certified by:
- The issuing University and/or recognised authority for tertiary education in the host country in which you completed your education
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the host country
- The UAE Embassy in that host country OR the Embassy of the host country in UAE must attest the authenticity of the documents and attestations.
Additionally, the UAE Ministry of Education must issue an Equivalency Certificate. Applicants must have a valid UAE residency visa when applying for an Equivalency Certificate. In special cases where complying with conditions (2) and (3) are not feasible, the certificates may be verified against originals by Embassies in the UAE and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are unable to secure the Equivalency Certificate(s) as outlined above will be asked to sign a “Consent to Provide Documents” form agreeing to secure the equivalency. You will be permitted to commence your studies at UOWD, but will be given a maximum of one semester to obtain the equivalency certificate(s). UOWD reserves the right to take appropriate action against any applicant who cannot secure the appropriate documentation in this time, which may result in the termination of the student’s enrolment at UOWD.
The Master of International Relations comprises of a total of 10 subjects that includes 5 core subjects, a choice between thesis and project and electives.
Students from a three year bachelor's degree or a four year program without a research component will be required to take additional two subjects decided in consultation with the faculty.
- International Security
- International Law and Diplomacy
- Theories of International Relations
- Development Studies
- Research Methods and Design
- Research Project or Research Thesis
Depending on the choice of research capstone, students may be required to take additional electives.
- International Environmental Politics
- Internship in International Relations
- Issues in International Relations
- Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism
- Gender and International Relations
- Geopolitics of the Gulf
If you are a professional already operating in an international context, the Master of International Relations degree will provide you with the cultural skills to manage relationships and broker collaborations with organisations from different countries and cultures. You will be able to pursue careers such as:
- Intelligence Analyst
- Policy Officer
- International Policy Analyst
- International Planning Manager
- International Aid Manager
- Emergency Management Specialist
Accreditation and Recognition
All degrees at the University of Wollongong in Dubai are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the UAE Ministry of Education and are licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). In addition, the degree is quality assured by UOW, which is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of the higher education sector in Australia.
Students will be issued a UOW Australia degree upon graduation.
Dr William Guéraiche
Dr William Guéraiche is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches International Security at postgraduate level. He has a keen interest in International Relations, Geopolitics, Conflicts and Politics.Read More