Research programs in international relations at Monash are designed to enable students in politics or related disciplines to explore, at an advanced level, the many issues and questions raised by the rapidly changing nature of contemporary world politics:
The graduate coursework programs analyse these and related questions with particular attention to relationships among major powers, developments in Australia's region and the principal theoretical approaches in international relations. The programs are particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in such areas as government, diplomacy, business, NGOs, teaching and journalism.
Politics staff are active researchers and in 2008 alone, published four books, six book chapters and twelve journal articles. They are also deeply engaged in public debate and government policy; three politics staff were selected in 2008 for the national 2020 Summit in Canberra. Monash politics staff are also actively sought by the Australian and international media for expert commentary and regularly address major forums, such as the Australian Institute of International Affairs, dealing with issues of major public interest. For students who wish to undertake research in international relations at masters or doctoral level, the school is able to provide supervision in a wide variety of sub-fields, including, but not limited to: