Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Location:

South Street Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Telephone:

+61 8 9360 6063

Email:

sirwalterschoolintl@murdoch.edu.au

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Murdoch University offers a wide range of degree courses that helps students develop key skills, experience and opens a wide range of career opportunities in the field of Public Policy and International Affairs.

The School offers postgraduate programmes and Graduate Certificates in the field. The teaching is delivered by highly professional and experienced academics from all over the world, who have made a significant contribution to local and global affairs. The School employs a practical method of teaching and all degrees conclude with either a case study project, internship or a research thesis, which can be supervised, if required.

The School is renowned for its quality teaching and, over the course of a few years has developed a professional relationship with other educational institutions locally and internationally. One notable relationship is with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Study

A Postgraduate degree from the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs trains students and prepares them for a successful career in government, non-profit and private sectors internationally. The main objective of the School is to help graduates connect to the change they want to see in the world today.

Most programmes are multi-disciplinary and explore areas such as political, economic, strategic, cultural and legal offices in a government and various other international organisations. International relations theories, international security and strategy, international law, international political economy, international history, global governance and international institutions are some of the main areas of study that the School focuses on. A few degrees establishes its roots in international aid and global development. Students who have a strong inclination towards the world’s most crucial issues dealing with the environment, international aid, social responsibility, human rights and migration, would find studying public policy and international affairs to be most beneficial. Students are trained with the skills required to analyse, design, implement policies and engage in debates in various environments.

The School offers three Masters Degrees and two Graduate Certificates. All Masters Degrees are a two year full-time course and all Graduate Certificates are six months in duration.

Graduate Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Management
Graduate Certificate in Development Studies

Masters Degrees:
Master of Public Policy and Management
Master of International Affairs
Master of Development Studies

Admissions and Requirements

Graduate Certificate
In order to obtain admission for a Graduate Certificate, students must have attained an undergraduate degree in any area, equivalent training or satisfactory preparation through previous study or professional experience.

Masters Degrees
In order to obtain admission for a Master Degree at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, students must have attained an undergraduate degree in any area, equivalent training, or previous related study or professional experience. A student’s eligibility is assessed at the time of application.

As with most Masters programmes students can earn points if they satisfy certain criteria. Up to 12 points of advanced standing is available to students with:
• A Bachelors Degree with a major in public policy, international studies or development studies as appropriate to the chosen course or a cognate area.
• A Bachelors Degree in an unrelated discipline and level 8 Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Public Policy, International Studies or Development Studies as appropriate to the chosen course or equivalent.
• An Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline.
• A Bachelors Degree in an unrelated discipline and two years of relevant documented professional experience.

Up to 24 point of advanced standing is available to students with:
• An Honours Bachelors Degree or equivalent in public policy, international studies or development studies as appropriate to the chosen course or a cognate area.
• An Honours degree or equivalent in an unrelated discipline and at least two years of relevant documented professional experience.

English Language Requirements

For students whose native language is not English, they would have to demonstrate competency in any of the following English language proficiency tests:
• IELTS: 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0)
• TOEFL (paper based): 550 (with the Test of Written English 5)
• TOEFL (internet based): 80 (no band less than 20)
• Pearson Test of English (Academic): 57 (no band less than 50)
• Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 50% or above
• GCE O-level: C+ or better
• GCE A-level: 1119 General Paper C6 or above
• TEE ESL: 60%
• WAUFP ELACS: Pass
• Murdoch institute of Technology EAP Program: 60%
• Phoenix Academy Certificate IV EAP: Grade CO in all bands
• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C or above
• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency of English: Grade C or above

Courses commence in February 2013 for the first semester and August 2013 for the second semester. Masters degrees are a two year full-time programmes, while Graduate Certificate courses are 6 months in duration. Students need to pay the fees every semester and are only required to pay for the units taken in that semester. All Masters Degrees fees are AUD$ 22,000 per year and Graduate Certificate programmes are AUD$ 11,000.

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