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The journalist of the future will play a crucial role in society by scrutinising and holding to account those in power, shedding light on systemic failings, and finding the truth. Read more

The journalist of the future will play a crucial role in society by scrutinising and holding to account those in power, shedding light on systemic failings, and finding the truth. If you want to enter this exciting and rapidly changing industry, or you're a media practitioner seeking to extend your expertise or refresh the intellectual basis of your practice, the Master of Journalism is a perfect choice.

You will work with award-winning journalists and academics with outstanding industry links, achieve expert skills in research and reporting in print, digital, radio and video, and explore the media's evolving role in society.

Focussed on career outcomes, the journalism program has the strong backing of the university, with nearly $3 million dedicated to new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in 2015.

Ledby award-winning media practitioners and academic staff, students build practical and applied skills in all media forms. Embeddedrelationships with the media industry flow from the senior editorial backgrounds of key staff. The Master of Journalism offers internship opportunities in a wide range of media outlets, from mainstream newspapers to niche websites specialising in areas such as politics, arts or fashion.

You will build your understanding of a globally evolving industry through international collaborative engagement with research institutes and centres for investigative journalism in the USA, including the Center for Investigative Reporting in SanFrancisco and the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC.

Monash journalism graduates are smart, skilled and ready. Media employers seek them out –and graduates have found work with TheAge, ABC Radio, and national, community and regional newspapers across Australia. Their skills are also in demand in other industries, including public relations, communication, editing, publishing, digital and video/audio production.

Course structure

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies, Part B. Core Master's study and Part C. Advanced expertise.  All students complete Part B.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or a combination of the two.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

PART A. Foundations for advanced journalism studies

These studies will introduce you to journalism studies at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master's study

These studies draw on best practices within the broadrealm of journalism studies. Through a combination of academic and practice-based work,students gain a solid foundation in all production technologies – print, video,radio and online – in metropolitan, regional and international contexts.

PART C. Advanced expertise

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options.

The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.

The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receive credit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator.

Partner with another course

Double degree courses allow you to study towards two different degrees at the same time, and graduate with two separate qualifications. And because a required subject in one course can count as an elective in the other, our double degrees take up to two years less than if you studied for the two degrees separately.

International Relations and Journalism



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Do you want to further target your interests and career aspirations? A double degree Masters of International Relations and Journalism provides a comprehensive… Read more

Do you want to further target your interests and career aspirations? A double degree Masters of International Relations and Journalism provides a comprehensive introduction to the nature of the international political system and some of the key issues in contemporary international relations; an entry-level qualification for a professional journalism career; and a mid-career course for working journalists seeking to extend their expertise and refresh the intellectual basis of their practice. The national and international orientation of the course optimises the contribution graduates make to their profession using a full range of media technologies and insights into approaches to international relations.

Our world is shaped by big questions about global justice, war, peace, social movements, and inter-state relations. The Master of InternationalRelations enables you to deal critically and analytically with such questions, providing a window into the dynamic world of 21st century politics.

This component of the double degree course explores the security, ethical, legal and economic dimensions of international relations.You will examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, management and terrorism, as well as the gender, development, migration and governance aspects of global politics.

The Master ofJournalism component provides you with the opportunity to work with award-winning journalists and academics with strong industry links, as you cultivate high-level skills in research and reporting across all media – print, online, radio and video – and explore the role of the media in contemporary society.This double degree course is well suited to people interested in working in journalism in the international field. It also enables those with an interest in international relations to combine that with communication skills. For instance, if you would like to work in communications in NGOs or United Nations agencies or the UnitedNations itself, this course is a good choice.

Course structure

Double degree courses include all the features of the component degree courses, except that electives may be reduced or redirected.

Depending upon prior qualifications, students may receive credit for part of the course.

The Master of International Relations and the Masters of Journalism are each structured in three parts, Foundations for advanced studies, core Master's study and Advanced expertise:

PART A. Foundations for advanced international relations and journalism studies

These studies will introduce you to both International relations studies and journalism studies at an advanced level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Core Master’s study (in international relations/journalism)

The international relations studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of international relations practice and research exploring the security,ethical, and economic dimensions of international relations. You will have opportunities to examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management, and terrorism.

The journalism studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of journalism practice.Through a combination of academic and practice-based work, you will gain a solid foundation in all production technologies – print, video, radio and online – in metropolitan, regional and international contexts.

PART C. Advanced expertise

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development.  These studies will be credited to each of the two degrees and you will have the opportunity, if you choose, to undertake across disciplinary project or internship that integrates and draws on both fields of study‚ international relations and journalism.

You have two options:

The first option is a program of coursework study where you select the units to suit your own interests. This option includes the opportunity to undertake an internship in the field.

The second option is a 24 point research thesis. Students wishing to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this second option.

Students admitted to the course, who have a recognised honours degreein a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, will receivecredit for Part C, however, should they wish to complete a 24 point researchproject as part of the course they should consult with the course coordinator



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Offering a truly international perspective, this double degree course combines a Master of Journalism at Monash (in Melbourne, Australia) with a Master of Arts taught in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University (in Coventry, England).  You will be prepared for careers in international journalism or international relations combined with communications. Read more

Offering a truly international perspective, this double degree course combines a Master of Journalism at Monash (in Melbourne, Australia) with a Master of Arts taught in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Warwick University (in Coventry, England).  You will be prepared for careers in international journalism or international relations combined with communications. This in-the-field integration of global politics and journalism through study in Europe and Australia has been designed by leading practitioners across both fields. It develops the skills needed to meet the current and future challenges faced by journalism and international relations practitioners globally.

The Master of Journalism component of this double degree course provides you with the opportunity to work with award-winning journalists and academics with strong industry links. You will cultivate high-level skills in research and reporting across all media – print, online, radio and video – and explore the role of themedia in contemporary society.

You can couple the Master of Journalism at Monash with any one of the nine MAs taught through Politics and International Studies at Warwick: International Relations, International Security, International Political Economy, Public Policy, International Politics and East Asia, International Politics and Europe, International Development, United States Foreign Policy or Political and Legal Theory.

The program can be completed in two and a half years studying full-time, and will conclude with a joint dissertation (to be taken at either Monash or Warwick) with asupervisor from Monash and Warwick. You will graduate with a Master of Journalism from Monash and a Master of Arts from Warwick.

Course structure

The Master of Journalism course at Monash is structured in two parts. Part A. Core Master's study and Part B. Advanced expertise. Students in the double degree course with Warwick complete Part A and Part B of the Monash course and the requirements for one of the Master of Arts degrees offered through the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

PART A. Core Master's study

These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of journalism studies.Through a combination ofacademic and practice-based work, students gain a solid foundation in all production technologies – print, video, radio and online – in metropolitan, regional and international contexts.

PART B. Advanced expertise

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options



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The. Master of Diplomacy (Advanced). is your pathway to professional advancement and higher degree research, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level. Read more

The Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) is your pathway to professional advancement and higher degree research, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level. The degree provides exciting study and career options in the important and prestigious arena of diplomatic practice. You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and senior diplomats from Australia and elsewhere, and you will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policy-makers.

Employment Opportunities

Ideal for careers in the foreign ministries and in the international sections of other ministries - for example Australia Awards, Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Trade, Environment; IGOs - United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; Journalism and NGOs such as the Red Cross.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of transnational diplomacy and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, such as a civil service department, multilateral body, international corporation or non-government organisation;

2. Display effective diplomatic skills with the ability to engage with transnational issues in a globalised environment with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and protocol

3. Use theories of diplomatic studies to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, and the role of the use of force, and design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;

4. Use advanced research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in diplomacy and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts in the form of a sub-thesis, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate.

5. Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms to produce a significant piece of independent academic research. 



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