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Victoria University of Wellington Master of International Relations – MIR
Victoria University of Wellington

Master of International Relations – MIR

Wellington, New Zealand

12 Months


Full time, Part time

01 Dec 2024

Feb 2025

NZD 14,563 / per course



Enhance your ability to analyse complex geopolitical issues. Study a one-year specialist International Relations programme and take your career global.

Fast-track your career with a 12-month Master of International Relations. This gives you master ’s-level expertise without needing an Honours degree. You can also do the shorter, coursework-only Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.

As well as giving graduates a path into a career with a global scope, the programme gives professionals from around the world an opportunity to enhance their analytical skills and knowledge of international relations.

International Connections

Learn from staff known worldwide for their research and expertise. The programme has close connections with internationally-focused government agencies in Wellington and prestigious institutions around the world. These contacts allow you to learn from visiting researchers, politicians and policymakers and to build your networks.

The programme attracts working professionals and graduates from around the world, giving you the chance to network with and learn from peers who bring a range of international perspectives.

Master of International Relations

The MIR is in two parts - a taught and a research component.

The taught component starts with the core course and a range of approved courses.

For the research component, you can choose between a 60-point dissertation and a combination of a 30-point research project and a taught course.

You may get permission from the MIR coordinator to do a 90-point thesis, in place of the part two research component and some part one courses.


If you are studying full-time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing one course per trimester must do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.


The MIR will usually take 12 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students.



Program Outcome

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