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Masters Degrees in Public Policy, Australia

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The Master of Public Policy Management explores the dynamics between governments and emerging issues that affect all levels of government. Read more
The Master of Public Policy Management explores the dynamics between governments and emerging issues that affect all levels of government.

Our innovative curriculum provides you with a deeper understanding of management challenges in government, and will equip you to respond to public policy issues. It will also provide you with the skills to drive improved performance across the spectrum of public sector activities.

The course allows you to align your learning to your career aspirations and develop expertise in leadership, strategic management, public service operations and governance.

The course is suited to experienced professionals who are working or aspire to work, in senior roles within the public sector, or who require an understanding of the public sector. We offer small classes to facilitate interactivity and engagement, and your student cohort will provide excellent opportunities to network and learn from peers from a range of backgrounds and jurisdictions. The course is offered in both on and off-campus study mode, with some units offered in intensive block mode to help you balance work and study commitments.

Upon graduation you will also become part of our alumni network employed in senior positions in government and the broader public sector in Australia and overseas.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/public-policy-and-management-b6012?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications you may receive credit for part A or part B or a combination of the two.

PART A. Mastery knowledge
These units will provide you with a comprehensive study of core management constructs and the impact they have on decision-making in public sector organisations. These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide effective and sound governance and solutions in public environments.

PART B. Application studies
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. This could be achieved by selecting complementary units offered across the university or by undertaking specified units which provide a research pathway towards a Doctor of Philosophy course.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

About us

The Department of Management comprises the largest grouping of management researchers in Australia. Our main research strengths include organisational behaviour, leadership, human resource management, work and employment relations, ethics, operations and supply chain, and public management and governance.

Our research informs our teaching and makes a significant contribution to the body of management knowledge and has beneficial impacts on individuals, organisations and society.

In the latest Federal Government's 'Excellence in Research for Australia' (ERA 2012) assessment, we were rated 'above world standard', for our research in management. Researchers regularly publish in top ranked A and A* journals.

We are currently working on research projects supported by more than $2 million in external funding. In the last five years researchers have won significant funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Schemes, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Aid (AusAid) programs. These projects are focused on key issues both in Australia and overseas.

Three academic groups manage our learning and teaching:

- Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
- Governance, Leadership and Organisation
- International Business, Operations and Strategy

Our teaching programs in Human Resource Management have been accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute after a rigorous process of validation.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/public-policy-and-management-b6012?domestic=true#making-the-application

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Enhance your leadership career in the public service. This course is co-designed by leading academics and senior administrators who are currently involved in the study and practice of 21st century governance. Read more

Enhance your leadership career in the public service

This course is co-designed by leading academics and senior administrators who are currently involved in the study and practice of 21st century governance. That means you’ll be gathering a fairly impressive list of core professional skills in the areas of public management, policy analysis and leadership.

You’ll be able to boost your ethical research skills by undertaking a dissertation project and enhance your career opportunities at both the national and sub-national levels of the public services sector. Now that’s good policy.

Study a Master of Public Administration at UC and you will:

  • gain a broad view of public management, service delivery and policy analysis across the spectrum of public sector activities
  • understand how the international political environment affects organisational objectives
  • understand the different modes of governance available to deliver different public goods and services
  • be able to accurately use, interpret and draw inference from information gathered as evidence to support routine and strategic decision-making
  • gain a critical understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy.

Typical study pattern

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 2

Semester 1

Career opportunities

A range of career opportunities exist for Master of Public Administration graduates in a range of sectors, including in:

  • Federal government as a general operations manager, labour relations manager or financial manager
  • Local and state government as a chief administration officer, human services director or public works director
  • Non-profit sector as a program director, grant administrator or fundraising manager.


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Be the administrator of a rewarding career in the public sector. Read more

Be the administrator of a rewarding career in the public sector

If you’re an aspiring future leader who is keen to work in a high-level position within the public sector, this multi-disciplinary degree will arm you with the management and policy skills you need to manage organisations and lead public sector change.

Drawing on case studies and featuring practical interactive sessions, our course content is delivered by leading academics and guest speakers with extensive government experience, with the core subjects delivered by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. 

Study an Executive Master of Public Administration at UC and you will:

  • be aware of the various kinds of operational capabilities available to public sector managers and how they can be mobilised
  • enhance your skills in people and knowledge management, contracting, partnering and inter-organisational collaboration in the public sector
  • have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the applicable elements of law, convention, practice and ethics
  • have an applied appreciation of the role of legislation, regulations and conventions and their importance to good government
  • acquire an understanding of leadership, public/private/community comparisons, the development of leadership capabilities and how to align organisational culture.

Work-integrated learning

You will undertake a specialised work-based research project as part of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis’s work-integrated learning program. This will enhance your employability and ensure you’re armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a confident leap into your future career.

Career opportunities

  • Chief administration officer
  • Public administration consultant
  • General operations manager
  • Labour relations manager
  • Program analyst or director
  • Director of development


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This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate to provide you with a broader range of specialist topics. This course develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of sustainability and climate policy issues in social research and analysis. Read more
This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate to provide you with a broader range of specialist topics

This course develops knowledge, understanding and appreciation of sustainability and climate policy issues in social research and analysis. It assists in career development, preparing students for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts that require social research and analytical skills in sustainability and climate policy. It is designed to complement existing knowledge gained from an undergraduate qualification in any recognised area including business, humanities, sciences and education.

The course also combines a general qualification with more specific educational opportunities, enabling you to learn in a way that best suits your existing needs and priorities. It also offers advanced, individualised learning opportunities providing a pathway to the Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may transfer to the graduate diploma and then enrol in the masters degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Credit for previous study

Creative overlap between current employment and study is emphasised. Credit may be awarded for prior learning and demonstrated skills.

Notes

Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days.
Off-campus and online study options are under development.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma to provide you with an opportunity to complete individual research projects. Read more
This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate and graduate diploma to provide you with an opportunity to complete individual research projects. You will work with dedicated supervisors to design, conduct and report on major applied research topics in your area of interest and expertise.

These courses will provide you with the tools and knowledge to think holistically and respond appropriately to the uncertainty and complexity associated with climate change. You will develop solution-focused approaches to climate change, environmental health, resource use, Indigenous and other cultural concerns, and disparities in wealth and power.

The course is offered on three levels: graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master degree.

You will explore the basic issues, concepts and methodologies central to sustainability and have the opportunity to pursue studies in a particular area of need and priority through optional units.

Curtin’s sustainability program has a strong emphasis on professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge to real-life issues through professional work and community engagement. Individual projects provide opportunities for you to research real-world issues.

The course caters for both full-time and part-time students and is offered in traditional and non-traditional study modes, including regular scheduled classes and intensive programs offered over a one-week period.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Credit for previous study

Creative overlap between current employment and study is emphasised. Credit may be awarded for prior learning and demonstrated skills.

Notes

Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days. Off-campus and online study options are under development.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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The skills and knowledge you develop in this course can be directly applied to your professional life. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary social issues, and heightened skills in social research and analysis. Read more
The skills and knowledge you develop in this course can be directly applied to your professional life. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary social issues, and heightened skills in social research and analysis.

You will explore the basic issues, concepts and methodologies central to sustainability and have the opportunity to pursue studies in a particular area of need and priority through optional units.

Curtin’s sustainability program has a strong emphasis on professional practice. You will apply your skills and knowledge to real-life issues through professional work and community engagement. Individual projects provide opportunities for you to research real-world issues.

The course caters for both full-time and part-time students and is offered in traditional and non-traditional study modes, including regular scheduled classes and intensive programs offered over a one-week period.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may transfer to the graduate diploma and then subsequently enrol in the master degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for new employment opportunities in a variety of public and private sector contexts requiring social scientific research and analytical skills. Many organisations are now hiring sustainability consultants in an effort to improve their relationship with the environment and their stakeholders.

Credit for previous study

Creative overlap between current employment and study is emphasised. Credit may be awarded for prior learning and demonstrated skills.

[Other notes]]
Many units are available as regularly scheduled classes spread across a semester or as intensive programs offered over three or four days. Off-campus and online study options are under development.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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Overview. Learn how the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations operate in our global community, and acquire knowledge of key developments within international relations. Read more

Overview

Learn how the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations operate in our global community, and acquire knowledge of key developments within international relations. The Master of International Relations engages with theory, international governance and law, international security, international political economy and international history.

Participate in an international student exchange and study another language to complement your skills. You can transcend theoretical perspectives by applying your expertise in a working environment, such as through an optional internship. Designed to meet your career-oriented goals, your internship can be in international organisations, government, business, media and NGOs.

Who is it for?

If you want to open doors in your career in government, the private and NGO sector or academia, the Master of International Relations helps you to understand contemporary issues facing international laws, policies and governance.

Discover the nuanced international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics. You can train you focus on the Asia-Pacific, Europe, or the Middle East with expert tuition from regional specialists. And there’s always the option to progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.

Where will it take me?

On graduation from the Master of International Relations, you will be ready for work in professional fields including:

  • Policy advisor and analyst
  • Advocacy coordinator
  • Business development and project coordinator
  • Welfare officer.

Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:

  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The European Commission
  • The Age.


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The. Master of Diplomacy. is your pathway to professional advancement, 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 is your pathway to professional advancement, 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 of a Master of Diplomacy, graduates will be able 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 high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in diplomacy and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, 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; 


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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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