Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launches new postgrad degrees

3 July 2013

The improved master's program is specially designed to equip graduates with employable skills.
The improved master's program is specially designed to equip graduates with employable skills.

The University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has revamped its popular master's degree programs to help equip graduates for a rapidly changing world.

Following extensive industry consultation, the faculty is pleased to announce a revitalised range of new postgraduate coursework programs with the launch of their Master of International Relations, Master of English Studies, Master of Art Curating, Master of Museum and Heritage Studies and the Master of Economic Analysis. These courses are designed to comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), are between 18 and 24 months, and are aimed to equip graduates with skills employers have told us they are looking for.

Multimedia information is available for a visual showcase of the new degrees, including a suite of cutting-edge videos about each program, and an interactive website.

"These new master's programs are a clear commitment to providing students with an outstanding educational experience and the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and hone their skills," says Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

New scholarship opportunities will be available as part of the new degree relaunch, and details can be found on the website.

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The new Master of International Relations degree incorporates in its curriculum relevant global issues, including the Global Financial Crisis, climate change challenges, nuclear proliferation and the Arab Spring. As well as electives across Asian Studies, history, philosophy, law, economics, political economy and sociology, the program features in-built foreign language components to prepare graduates with advanced bilingual training.

Associate Professor Charlotte Epstein, Master of International Relations program coordinator, notes that the range of internships and electives available will help students tailor the degree to their professional goals.

"In a rapidly changing, globalising and sometimes highly confusing world, there is a real thirst for the right tools to understand this world. It is these tools that we help you develop and own by undertaking this new Master," she says.

The new Master of Art Curating program is the first of its kind in Australia, and will prepare students for careers including art curatorship and gallery professionals. With the option for two structured internship placements, as well as a focus on emerging nontraditional art spaces, including artist-run galleries, pop-up galleries, public art projects and festivals, graduates of this program will gain a unique competitive edge working in various artistic environments.

"We'll teach both on campus and in museums and galleries, giving graduates exposure to leaders in the field and valuable industry contacts," says program coordinator Dr Catriona Moore.

The relaunched Master of Museum and Heritage Studies program will enable students to harness the University of Sydney's strong ties with prestigious institutions, including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Historic Houses Trust and the Powerhouse Museum.

"It is designed to equip our graduates with professional and practical knowledge and experience. All of the things you will learn in this course have real-life applications in the world of museums and the growing area of local and global heritage," says Dr Annie Clarke, program coordinator of the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.

"The School of Economics created the Master of Economic Analysis to take our graduate students to the frontier of economic research and analysis, whether they aspire to positions of leadership as a professional economist, or to doctoral studies at leading research universities around the world," says Dr Russell Toth, the new program coordinator.

This competitive program promises students will "get their hands dirty", with practical aspects of the degree including a research proposal and a versatile skillset fostered through such electives as International Money and Finance, Private Equity, Experimental Economics and Environmental Economics. This new program compliments our existing popular Master of Economics, which is a more technical and theoretical approach to applied economics.

In the new Master of English Studies program, students will examine a wide range of texts with a renewed focus on the relevance of literature in both a regional and global context. A feature of the new program is the inclusion of electives previously only available under the Master of Creative Writing, giving students the option to undertake subjects on contemporary poetry, fiction and screenwriting.

"As this is an 18-month program, we give you greater access to our experts in a wider range of fields, more than any other English Department in Australia," says Professor Paul Giles, Challis Professor and Chair of the Department of English. "In fact, in the 2013 QS World University rankings, the University of Sydney's English Department was rated the best in the entire Asia-Pacific region and the 12th best in the world."

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney remains one of the leading institutions for the arts and humanities globally. The faculty has been ranked among the top 40 faculties of humanities and social sciences in the world, according to the Times Higher Education and QS league tables, from 2006-2012.

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