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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

New year, new options! The University of Queensland has announced that it is now offering a new dual degree: the Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies.

This two-year dual degree program that allows you to obtain two highly sought after and complementary qualifications. The combined Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies allows you to pursue a unique program of studies, providing you with an understanding of the broad structures and dynamics of the international system combined with more specialised skills and knowledge of critical issues and debates relating to peace and conflict, conflict resolution and mediation, and peace-building.

UQ offering new dual degree in international relations and conflict studies

Study international relations and conflict studies at UQ

By studying these programs as a dual, students will acquire two degrees in a shorter time frame than if studying them individually. They can also be taken as separate 18-month programs if preferred.

These two cognate degree programs each have a distinctive focus. The Master of International Relations degree provides students with an advanced understanding of key issues and challenges in contemporary world politics, international security, foreign affairs and global, international and regional governance. It provides students with an opportunity to develop skills in international political analysis, political risk evaluation, and in addressing bilateral, regional and global policy objectives.

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies builds knowledge of the forces that generate contemporary conflict and the process and practices that contribute to conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building. It also equips students with practical skills to engage in conflict analysis and resolution, peacekeeping and peace building in the contemporary global context.

The program is delivered by the UQ Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, a school that is recognised internationally and nationally as a leader in both international relations and peace and conflict studies research and teaching. You will have access to world-class teachers and researchers who are in touch with industry partners and participate in regular public commentary and debate in their fields. You can also gain hands-on experience through the internship program—an opportunity to work closely with an organisation in Australia or overseas.

Studying this dual master program will provide you with a global perspective and with the advanced analytical and practical skills to prepare you for your future career. Graduates have gone on to work in areas such as diplomacy, government, think-tanks, the UN and non-governmental organisations as well as the media.

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Intakes: February and July each year
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 30 (July intake) and November 29 (February intake) each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to the UQ Master of International Relations/Master of Peace and Conflict Studies!

Are you looking for more information about this dual degree? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Study international relations at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Government is housed in the Walter Boas Building which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the school are delivered in cutting-edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities.

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.

  • The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean.
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business & Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission.
  • The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.
  • The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement.
  • The School has a multifaculty Executive Management Group overseeing its activities.
  • The School’s work will be supported by an external advisory board comprised of leading figures from the worlds of government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

Collaborative work and social spaces enable you to network, exchange ideas and socialise with others, as well as build a strong cohort experience. Facilities include dedicated teaching and event spaces, and study and meeting rooms.

The Master of International Relations is offered collaboratively by several schools in the Melbourne Faculty of Arts. The degree is designed for graduates who are seeking careers in international affairs, in government, diplomacy, non-government organisations (NGOs), international organisations, and the media. It is a program that combines advanced study in the field of international relations, with relevant professional skills development, and an electives program that is specifically designed to promote cross-cultural understanding. The elective program is also to reflect Australia’s geographic location and the University of Melbourne’s research strengths, notably in Asian and Islamic Studies with an emphasis on Asian and Islamic politics, society and culture. The program will also offer students exchange and language study opportunities. The degree is specifically designed as a pathway to professional employment; however, there is a thesis option for high-achieving students who may wish to progress to a PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to

  • Study contemporary issues including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics.
  • Acquire deep knowledge of key developments within international relations, as well as the roles of the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations.
  • Apply skills and knowledge and gain relevant work experience through an optional internship.
  • Become an active global citizen with keen cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in international student exchanges and study another language.
  • Potentially progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.

Learning Outcomes
The Master of International Relations is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and professionally-oriented degree in international relations, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to provide students with a conceptual knowledge of key developments in international relations together with the practical skills that are relevant to a career in international affairs, including working in international organisations, government, business, media, and non-government organisations.

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

Apply to the Melbourne School of Government!


Find out more about studying the Master of International Relations at Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Melbourne Master of International Relations – The OzTREKK student experience!

Studying the complexities of international relations is not everyone’s cup of tea, but some people thrive on analyzing the world we live in, and aim to make it a better place.  Chloe began her journey with OzTREKK in December 2012 and decided that the University of Melbourne was the ideal locale to achieve her goals of studying global interests.

University of Melbourne

Chloe and her partner visiting the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

International relations focuses on contemporary issues, including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics. Read on to find out more about the Master of International Relations program and why Chloe chose to study at the University of Melbourne.

How did you become interested in international relations?

I spent a lot of time traveling during my undergrad at the University of Winnipeg, and after I graduated I spent two years teaching English in Japan. When I was looking into my options for graduate programs, I knew I wanted to work on the international scene. My main areas of interest are international law, human rights and immigration policy, and the international relations programs I looked into in Canada and Australia all had great reputations and offered subjects that I could apply to my areas of interest.

What made you choose Melbourne?

Honestly, the main reason I chose the University of Melbourne is because my partner is from here, so I had my mind set on Melbourne from the beginning. But besides that, I actually came to Australia on holiday a few years ago to visit some friends, and after spending time in Sydney and traveling around the east coast, I came to Melbourne and could sense right way that this was a place I could see myself living one day. Melbourne gave off such a great vibe. I loved the laneways and street art, the architecture, the markets and the cafés. Melbourne is an incredibly friendly, diverse and welcoming city.

University of Melbourne

Stopping for selfies at Salmon Bay after a day of bike riding Rottnest Island, WA

What is Master of International Relations, anyway?

In the Master of International Relations, we study politics, history, theory, economics and law. The electives cover a range of topics like global justice, human rights and policy, as well as subjects that focus on specific organisations or regions. It also gives you the option to take two language electives, which some people use to improve languages they already know, or to learn a whole new language.

What do you hope to do once you’ve finished your degree?

I have a few career paths that I hope to pursue once I graduate. I’d like to work in diplomacy, policy making or advocacy. I might even go back to university to learn about international law in more depth. The program is designed to prepare graduates for jobs in government, NGOs, diplomacy and international organisations.

What do you like about your program/dislike?

I like the size of the classes. Each lecture has about 30 or 40 people, so it’s small enough that you can have discussions with your classmates, ask questions in class, and get to know your professors and classmates. I also like the freedom we have to shape our course load to our own interests. There are six core subjects that each student is required to take, and a range of electives to choose from. But, if you’re interested in relevant subjects that aren’t on the list of electives, you can ask for permission to take those as electives as well. The university also brings some really interesting guest speakers from all over the world to lead master classes.

University of Melbourne

Chloe and her mom having a winery day in the Yarra Valley, Victoria

How has your time in Melbourne been so far?

Life in Melbourne has been great. I spent my first few months getting to know the city, exploring the different suburbs and meeting people. The food and coffee here is amazing—it’s definitely a gluttonous life here in Melbourne! Uni life has been really easy to settle into. I was initially intimidated by the size of the campus, but after some exploring, I’ve found my favourite spots to eat, good hideaways to study and there’s a great Japanese pub on campus that is always a fun place to relax.

What was the most difficult thing about moving to Australia?

Most elements of life were really easy to set up. I have a student line of credit from Canada, and setting up a bank account here was pretty straightforward. But I’ve found the health care system to be really frustrating, and as a foreigner, I don’t always know where I stand. I have OSHC health insurance, but its uses aren’t very clear. By going to the wrong clinic for a minor stomach problem, and after being told by numerous staff at the clinic and the OSHC representative that I would be reimbursed for my expenses, I sent my claims through only to find out that I went to the wrong type of clinic and ended up having to cover a few hundred dollars’ worth of medical bills. There is a clinic on campus where you can make an appointment and OSHC will be billed directly, and had I been told that by someone when I purchased my insurance, I could have saved a lot of money.

University of Melbourne

Winery lunch at Green Olive at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying Master of International Relations?

I’d say the most important thing is to be open to constructive criticism and don’t expect perfect marks right off the bat, no matter how good your GPA was as an undergrad. I’d consider myself a really good student in my undergrad, and I had competitive grades that got me into the Master of International Relations, but I was disappointed by my first few assignments. The standard is really high here, and I’ve heard criticism about elements of my work that had never been an issue before. I found this really frustrating at first, but after getting through a few assignments, the expectations have become a lot more clear, and it has made the quality of my work so much better. So just be open to suggestions!

How did you find out about OzTREKK and what did you think of our services?

I found out about OzTREKK on the University of Melbourne website. When I was checking out the university’s website to find out how to apply, OzTREKK came up as on of the university’s recommended agencies for Canadian students. I sent OzTREKK an email with a few questions and heard back almost immediately. The service has been amazing right from the start. They laid out really clearly everything I needed to apply to the programs I was interested in and had answers for all of my questions. They’ve been taking care of all of my questions and concerns for over a year now, and I’m just really grateful for the support they’ve offered, answering emails and even having an OzTREKK staff member come to Australia to welcome us here and help us get set up. I also really appreciate how friendly the service is. Starting each email with a “How are you?” Or “How was your weekend” made me feel like they enjoy what they do and that they genuinely care. I also really appreciated the OzTREKK scholarship!

I would definitely recommend Melbourne to anyone considering moving to Australia, and the University of Melbourne‘s MIR degree is definitely a challenge and a great learning experience.

Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

Apply to the Melbourne School of Government!


Find out more about studying the  Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Monash University symposium tackles terrorism

Preventing terrorism by deradicalising and disengaging militants was discussed during a symposium held at Monash University.

Monash University Faculty of Arts

Study international relations at Monash University

The 5th Asia Pacific Security Dialogue has brought together international specialists with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of political violence in Asia, Australia and Europe to discuss successful strategies to divert militants into more peaceful actions.

Monash University Dialogue committee member Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany, from the National Centre for South Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts, said two major issues were addressed.

“Firstly, policy makers have to understand how to prevent terrorism by deradicalisation strategies aimed at existing militants and their grooming of future recruits. Secondly, they must learn how to convince committed militants and their sympathizers to become less radical and give up violence,” Professor Vicziany said.

“Preventing terrorism requires the identification of future militants and turning them in the direction of peaceful political activism.”

Professor Vicziany said counter-terrorism policy required an understanding of the reasons for both engagement and disengagement in the radicalisation process.

Questions that were considered during the dialogue included

  • What are the early warning signs that someone is entering into a radicalisation process?
  • What are the target groups of radical organizations?
  • How can deradicalisation programs be designed for specific cultures, histories and peoples?
  • How can non-violent philosophies, values, practices, histories and socio-economic strategies be used to displace militant ideologies?

The Monash University Faculty of Arts professor explained that they examined cases of radicalisation in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia and Europe and focused on the ‘import’ and ‘export’ of radical ideology between Asia and the West and comparing this with local factors such as socio-economic marginalization.

“Analyzing cases such as these will help us understand the kind of policy changes that are needed to deradicalise militants and potential militants in order to turn them towards peaceful means for achieving political change.

“We need to better understand how to detect situations in which militants are grooming new recruits for violently radical agendas so appropriate policies can be developed. Such grooming is known to focus on the more vulnerable sections of society with many at-risk young people being recruited via social media and internet networks. Hence our collaboration with the university’s European and EU Centre and the Faculty of Information Technology is very important.”

Among the international experts who presented at the dialogue included Imtiaz Gul, the executive director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, and Farooq Sobhan, the president of the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.

What is International Relations?

International relations is a subfield of the discipline of Political Science and is concerned in general with the operation of power within and across states and internationally. Students who choose to study international relations will develop a dynamic range of interpretative, analytical and conceptual skills, enabling them to engage and apply expertise in the areas that interest them most.

International relations opens opportunities to work in fields such as

  • national and international diplomacy;
  • humanitarian agencies, post-conflict and non-government organization development sectors;
  • political and human rights lobbying;
  • global media and journalism;
  • international business and finance; and
  • defence and intelligence (counter-terrorism).

Monash University’s Master of International Relations

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Clayton campus
Semester intakes: March and July
Duration: 1.5 years

Topics covered explore the security, ethical, legal and economic dimensions of international relations. There are opportunities to examine key issues in foreign policy, world order, European studies, crisis management, and terrorism. In addition, new units exploring the gender, development, migration and governance aspects of global politics are being introduced. The key aim of this course is to help students make sense of this complexity by providing the analytical perspectives and skills needed to see both the “bigger picture” and comprehend the detailed aspects of specific issues.

Find out more about studying international relations at the Monash University Faculty of Arts. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Arts Programs Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information. Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

New chief operating officer at Macquarie University

On Jan. 8, the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor S Bruce Dowton, announced the appointment of Dr Paul Schreier as the Sydney-based university’s Chief Operating Officer. Dr Schreier is currently Deputy Secretary, Economic and Strategy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

“I know that Dr Schreier is excited to be joining Macquarie’s senior leadership team at a time when he can play an important role on our journey towards excellence as a teaching and learning community,” Professor Dowton said.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have appointed someone with his international expertise and outstanding record of achievement.”

Spending the early part of his life in Whyalla, Dr Schreier then entered Melbourne Grammar School as a scholarship student. His academic and sporting success led to enrolment at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he completed undergraduate and masters degrees followed by a PhD in engineering. He also led various student clubs and societies.

Dr. Schreier then joined the British Royal Navy, serving worldwide in the next six years—including active service in the Balkans and Northern Ireland—and culminating in Warship Command.

Upon leaving naval service, he worked as a management consultancy partner for McKinsey & Company. Based in London and Kuala Lumpur, he served public and private sector clients in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East, Australia and Africa.

Returning to Australia in 2010, he joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he has held a number of high-level policy positions across a range of portfolios.

Dr Schreier will assume his new position at Macquarie University in March 2013.

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University Sydney is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world. Set on 135 hectares of peaceful green parkland, Macquarie University‘s modern campus is just 30 minutes from Sydney’s city centre and features cutting-edge facilities for learning and research.

Why Canadians like to study at Macquarie University

Location! Macquarie University‘s North Ryde campus is situated in the heart of Sydney’s high-technology north-west corridor, home to the Australian headquarters of multinational companies such as Microsoft and Sony. World-leading companies such as Cochlear Australia are located in the university’s Research Park.

Courses are also offered at Macquarie University City Campus, located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district.

Macquarie University is rated 5 stars for student diversity by the The Good Universities Guide and international students comprise a third of Macquarie‘s student body. The university operates with a global perspective, encouraging its students to participate in cross-cultural exchange and global participation via unique programs such the Global Leadership Programs and Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. Macquarie University also has one of the most extensive international exchange programs of any Australian university, with student mobility funding giving everyone the opportunity to enhance their degree with international experience.

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