Master of International Studies (MIST) Degree

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Master of International Studies

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Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs

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The Master of International Studies is for graduates and professionals who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between nations and regions across areas such as globalisation, diplomacy, economics, international law, labour, migration, culture, media, environment and security. It will help you understand some of the major business, social and political issues that are impacting on the international agenda, and how these affect your organisation or professional practice. At UOWD, the MIST program places emphasis on applying theories to practical problems in the greater Middle East and learning how to create policies and strategies that are relevant to the region's historical and cultural background. 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.

Career Opportunities

UOWD’s Master of International Studies is an asset for anyone who is working or would like to work for government or private organisations that manage diplomatic or business relationships with other countries.  Students and graduates of the MIST program typically work as:

  • Members of Government/Civil Service/IGOs
  • Members of NGOs and INGOs
  • Country/Region Heads
  • Analysts
  • Policy Specialists in Think Tanks
  • Diplomats
  • Managers in the Travel/Tourism Industry
  • Academics.

If you are a professional already operating in an international context, the MIST program will provide you with the cultural skills to manage relationships and broker collaborations with organisations from different countries and cultures, making you even more of an asset for your particular organisation.

Accreditation and Recognition

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs and is fully recognised within the UAE and internationally for further education and employment in the private and public sectors.

In addition, the program 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. UOWD graduates have the opportunity to exchange their UOWD degree for the equivalent UOW degree after completion.


MIST students will study five core subjects, three electives and produce a thesis, which is equivalent to two subjects. Students may take a maximum of two subjects per semester. Each subject requires one evening of attendance per week for 13 weeks. Classes are held 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday - Thursday. At this rate, students are able to complete the degree program in five semesters. The following five subjects form the core subjects of the MIST program:

5 Core Subjects: total 40 credit points

MIST902 Politics of International Relations and the Middle East
MIST906 Transforming MENA
MIST908 Globalisation and Citizenship
MIST920 Social Change and Development
MIST926 Research Methods^

^Must be taken by all new entrants in their first semester of study

Electives: at least 20 credit points from the following subjects

MIST900 International Law and Diplomacy 
MIST913 Labour and Migration 
MIST910 International Economic Relations
MIST930 Internship in International Studies
MIST997 Advanced Topics in International Studies: Environment
MIST998 Advanced Topics in International Studies: Terrorism 
MGMT978 Cross-Cultural Management 
TBS923 Current Issues in International Business 

Final Project: 16 credit points 

MIST990 Thesis in International Studies

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