DurationFull-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years
AU$24,960 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
The Master of Global Studies has been designed to prepare you to engage with a wide range of contemporary global challenges by combining theoretical inquiry with a focus on advanced professional capabilities.
This future-focused degree gives you flexibility to design your studies in order to pursue emerging and cross-sector job opportunities, including in international development, security, humanitarian emergencies and sustainability.
By engaging with organisations and communities, thought leaders and students from diverse backgrounds, Master of Global Studies graduates will emerge with advanced knowledge and skills to lead teams, communities and inform strategic decision-making across a diverse range of industries.
This degree is future oriented, teaching core skills appropriate to the development, adaptation and use of new approaches and technologies to respond to the needs of specific communities and organizations, and more broadly to make progress in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
You will develop analytical, communication and management skills that will enable you to work with a wide range of organisations. You will be able to interpret issues, confidently lead others, and provide informed insights into future directions of policy and practice on a variety of levels in public and private spheres.
You also get to enjoy the flexibility of blended learning. You can undertake this degree through face-to-face classes at our Melbourne City campus or through a mix of online and on-campus learning, depending on the elective subjects you choose. You will have the opportunity to undertake short on-campus intensives, as well as overseas study tours.
This degree has industry links that come in the form of guest lectures, advice, internships, and course material delivery. Strong connections exist with a range of agencies and organisations, including the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Red Cross, Care Australia, Oxfam, World Vision, RedR, and Australian Volunteers International.
As part of your studies, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry through:
- simulated professional projects
- research projects addressing real issues faced by an organisation or community
- feedback from practicing professionals on individual and group work.
- exposure to related RMIT research centres
- optional industry placement.
There are many opportunities for working across borders and across cultures in this degree.
You will be able to undertake an internship with an international organisation overseas or in Australia, while being mentored by both the host organisation and RMIT lecturers. You will be able to join study tours run by RMIT and short in-country programs offered by our international partners, as well as online industry projects.
You will also have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our many exchange partner universities. RMIT's Global Experience Office supports students to undertake exchange or short-term mobility activities with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Core first-year subjects provide a conceptual foundation in key features of the contemporary global system, focusing on governance, development, security, and sustainability.
As part of your studies, you will complete one or two of the following specialist streams:
Build professional capabilities essential to designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating international development projects, which help communities, cities and countries adapt to complex and changing environments. This specialisation draws on RMIT’s extensive and longstanding linkages with development organisations in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific.
An analytical and critical approach to problem-solving will prepare you to develop appropriate technological and community-based responses to issues such as infrastructure development, informal settlements, environmental degradation, and the rural-urban interface. This stream equips you with knowledge and skills required for policy development, planning and program management roles with national and local governments, international development agencies, commercial consultancies, and nongovernment organisations.
You will develop detailed knowledge of key contemporary security challenges and the tools to be able to assess risk and propose effective responses to a range of threats. Compared with traditional international relations degrees that focus on the role of nation states in international affairs, this stream prepares you to engage with threats to the security of individuals, communities, organisations, and states through an interdisciplinary approach that considers the impact of technology, social change, political conflict, transnational crime, and environmental change.
Crisis Management and Disaster Response
You will acquire an understanding of the ways in which organisations prepare for and respond to major humanitarian crises, such as conflicts, natural disasters, and pandemics. You will develop skills in risk assessment, preparedness planning, project management, and reconstruction that will prepare you for roles in governments, international organisations, and humanitarian agencies.
In addition, a broad set of optional subjects drawn from across the university allows you the flexibility to develop your knowledge and technical skills in ways that suit your interests and career aspirations. You can choose from internationally-oriented subjects including media and communications, engineering, architecture, public policy, leadership and management, economics, project management, criminology, and languages.
The capstone research project enables you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. This individually negotiated project provides you with the research skill base for engagement in further learning in a research degree, or in life-long learning pursuits, allowing you to confidently contribute to an industry that is constantly evolving.
You will have the opportunity to undertake capstone research projects aligned with the work of RMIT’s research centres, including the Centre for Urban Research, the Centre for Social and Global Studies, the Australian APEC Study Centre, the Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation, the Sir Lawrence Wackett Defence and Aerospace Centre, the Centre for International Development and the European Union Centre of Excellence.
Choose a program structure
|Master of Global Studies||City Campus||
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
2 years full-time
Choose a program structure
Program code: MC283
Graduates will be qualified for a wide range of government, business and non-government organisations in roles that require analytical, communication and management skills, including:
- Policy Analyst / Advisor / Officer
- Program / Project Manager
- Policy and Planning Manager
- Research and Development Manager / Officer
- Intelligence Analyst / Advisor / Officer
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification),
- at least 5 years of relevant professional experience in international development, urban or disaster management, or related policy fields.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement that demonstrates your academic foundation for master's study. This may include details on how your professional experiences relates to the program, demonstration of critical thinking in personal and/or professional practice, and communication and problem-solving skills
If you have successfully completed one of the following qualifications majoring in international studies, international relations, politics/political science, sociology, urban planning, geography, social work, international development, security studies, history, or anthropology you will be eligible for exemption:
Remaining Program Duration
|Bachelor Degree||Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full-time study)||Minimum 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full-time study)|
|Bachelor Honours Degree||Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full-time study)||Minimum 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full-time study)|
|Graduate Certificate||Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full-time study)||Minimum 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full-time study)|
|Graduate Diploma||Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full-time study)||Minimum 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full-time study)|
Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or master's degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for exemption of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full-time study).
2022 indicative fees
Full-fee places: AU$24,960.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
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