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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.

Pursing the Master of International Relations degree is a unique experience and a springboard to the next professional achievement. Classes are taught from a Middle Eastern perspective and the program curriculum is focused on the development of practical skills needed in the field of International Relations  such as networking, writing on social media, negotiation, writing briefs and analyses and more.

The program provides students with the opportunity to engage with professionals in the sector, participate in events and internships.

18 - 24 months

Winter - January | Spring - April | Summer - July | 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.


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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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.

After completion of the programme, the graduates can apply to positions such as:

  • Career diplomat
  • Intelligence and international policy analyst
  • International policy and planning managers
  • International Aid managers
  • Emergency management specialist

Globally accredited, internationally relevant

Globally accredited, internationally relevant

This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education 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.


The Master of International Relations comprises of a total of 10 subjects that includes five core subjects, a choice between thesis and Project and electives.

Students from a three year undergraduate program or a four year program without a research component will be required to take additional two subjects decided in consultation with the faculty

Program Structure

Level Subject Title
Core Subjects International Security
International Law and Diplomacy
Theories of International Relations
Development Studies
Research Methods and Design
Capstone Extended Research Project in International Studies
Thesis in International Studies
Electives^ International Environmental Politics
Internship in International Studies
Issues in International Relations
Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism
Gender and International Relations
Geopolitics of the Gulf

For complete list of electives, please contact the School
^ Depending on the choice of research capstone, students will be required to take electives worth 6/18 credit points

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