New graduate school of public policy and international affairs

September 4, 2012

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A new graduate school of public policy and international affairs, the first of its kind in Western Australia, will be launched by Murdoch University in 2013.

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs will offer a range of professional masters degrees that will equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in all aspects of public and international affairs.

Murdoch’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Ann Capling said students would be trained to apply their skills and knowledge to critical problems in local, national and international affairs.

“The Sir Walter Murdoch School will have both a strong national and international orientation, students will be taught by leading academics and professional practitioners from across the world, with course delivery and assessment designed to meet the needs of culturally diverse and globally mobile students,” Professor Capling said.

Murdoch University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott and Professor Capling, both themselves internationally recognised scholars of public policy and international affairs, are among the academics that will teach in the School.

“The School builds on our strengths of applying research to real world problems across a range of policy areas in both the sciences and social sciences,” Professor Higgott said.

“Students will have the opportunity to undertake policy studies in areas of Murdoch’s research and applied policy strength including Asian studies, political science, international relations, professional communication, environmental and resource management, energy, food security and biosecurity, animal welfare, water management and health policy research.”

Recognising that postgraduate students are busy professionals, the new programs will be delivered in flexible, intensive and after-hours formats.

The School will offer three new coursework degrees: a Master of Public Policy and Management, a Master of International Affairs, and a Master of Development Studies.

Professor Capling said that these programs would combine rigorous analytical training, professional skills development, policy studies, and the options of internships, independent work-based projects and a research thesis.

“Students will acquire the expertise necessary for careers in a broad range of settings, including both the public and private sectors, regional and international organisations, and community and not-for-profit organisations,” Professor Capling said.

The School will cooperate with other similar graduate schools at major universities in neighbouring countries.

For more information on the Sir Walter Murdoch School contact us on sirwalterschool@murdoch.edu.au. Domestic students can call us on (08) 9360 6787 and international students can contact us on +61 8 9360 6063.

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