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Master of International Studies (MIST) Degree

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.

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 - February
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 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.
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.
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

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.

Program Duration

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.

Program Structure

The following five subjects form the core subjects of the MIST program:

5 Core Subjects: total 30 credit points

Subject Code Subject Title
MIST962 Politics of International Relations and the Middle East
MIST966 Transforming MENA
MIST943 Globalisation and Citizenship
MIST948 Social Change and Development
MIST949 Research Methods and Design^
Capstone Subjects
Choose ONE of the following:
MIST993 Research Project in International Studies (6cp)
MIST994 Extended Research Project in International Studies (12cp)
MIST995 Thesis in International Studies (18cp)

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

Electives(2-4 subjects depending on the choice of cap stone) choose as many required

If MIST993 is chosen, complete SIX electives (36cp) from the list below
If MIST994 is chosen, complete FIVE electives (30cp) from the list below
If MIST995 is chosen, complete FOUR electives (24cp) from the list below


Subject Code Subject Title
MIST940 International Law and Diplomacy 
MMC941 Global Mediascape
MIST944 Labour and Migration 
MIST946 International Economic Relations
MIST930 Internship in International Studies
MIST996 Advanced Topics in International Studies: Environment
MIST904 Advanced Topics in International Studies: Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism
MGNT978 Cross-Cultural Management 
MGNT923 Contemporary Issues in International Business 


Discipline Leader

Dr Imène Ajala

Dr Imène Ajala
Assistant Professor
PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID); M.A, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva-(IHEID): Kyoto University International Education Programme Certificate, Kyoto University (Academic Exchange); Diplôme de Sciences Politiques, Grenoble Institute of Political Studies(IEPG)

She obtained her PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Ajala taught at Webster University and at the Geneva School of Diplomacy...

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