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Master of International Relations (MIR) Degree

The Master of International Relations 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.

The program 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.

The program also 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.

18 - 24 months

Spring - January
Summer - June
Autumn - September

Fees per subject
AED 8,967
USD 2,443
(VAT 5% inclusive)


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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 Relations 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.

If you are a professional already operating in an international context, the MIR 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.

Students and graduates of the MIR 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

Globally accredited, internationally relevant

Globally accredited, internationally relevant

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 Australia degree after completion.


There are two entry levels to the Master of International Relations. If you have completed a three year undergraduate degree program, or a four year program without a research component, you will enter the MIR program at the foundation level. This will involve completing two extra subjects, decided in consultation with the Faculty.

Once you have completed the extra subjects, or if you have completed a four year degree that included a research component, you will enter on to the main program. The main program involves a total of 10 subjects, including five core subjects, a thesis which is equivalent to four subjects and one elective or a project which is equivalent to two subjects and three electives. Each subject requires one evening of attendance per week for 13 weeks. Classes are held from 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday - Thursday. At this rate, students are able to complete the degree program in five semesters. 

Program Structure

Level Subject Title
Core Subjects International Security
International Law and Diplomacy
Theories of International Relations
Development Studies
Research Methods and Design
Research Capstone Subjects Choose ONE of the following:
Research Project (12cp)
Research Thesis (24cp)
Electives^ Transforming MENA
Globalisation and Citizenship
Terrorism & Counter-terrorism
International Environmental Politics
Internship in International Relations
Advanced Topics in International Relations (Israel-Palestine)
Cross-Cultural Management
Contemporary Issues in International Business
Global Mediascape

^ Depending on the choice of research capstone, students will be required to take electives worth 6/18 credit points


Discipline Leader

Dr William Guéraiche

Dr William Guéraiche
Associate Professor
PhD in History, University of Toulouse; Master in Sociology and the Anthropology of Politics, University of Paris, Habilitation in Geopolitics, Sorbonne University.

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,...

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