11 postgraduate courses to inspire you…
Whether you are a recent graduate or have been working for some time, studying a Masters degree can help you to specialise and take that next step in your career, or simply expand and deepen your knowledge of the subject area that little bit further. There are hundreds of postgraduate programmes on offer at Australian and New Zealand universities, and some seriously interesting topics out there for postgraduate students to specialise in - this is Study Options' pick of 11 interesting (and unusual) courses on offer.
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1. Master of Science (Tropical Biology and Conservation) at James Cook University
Studying at James Cook University gives you unprecedented access to the natural tropical environments nearby in Northern Queensland. The School of Marine and Tropical Biology is a leading education and research centre in the tropics. You can structure your Masters to specialise in any of a wide range of topics - the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.
2. Master of Art Therapy at La Trobe University
Art Therapy is a practice, which combines the creative potential of art making with the relational skills of counselling set within a therapeutic environment. The La Trobe Art Therapy program is based on the principles and values of humanistic psychotherapy and provides students with a range of perspectives to practice in clinical, educational, rehabilitation and community contexts. La Trobe’s course also includes supervised placement training for 750 hours.
3. Master of Business in International Tourism and Hospitality Management at Griffith University
The postgraduate business programme at Griffith University offers a few different majors to it’s students, one of the most popular programme streams is in international tourism & hospitality management. Griffith’s Gold Coast location in Queensland is ideally suited for anyone looking to work in the area of tourism and hospitality management as it’s long been a popular destination with it’s long golden beaches, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding work experience during your studies.
4. Master of Audiology at the University of Canterbury
Audiology is the study of hearing, balance and related disorders. The programme at the University of Canterbury enables students to develop knowledge and skills across the scope of practice for audiologists, including a strong foundation in acoustics, psychoacoustics, and neuroscience. The programme also includes supervised clinical practice and provides you with a transferrable qualification for work as an Audiologist in New Zealand, Australia and beyond.
5. Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Natural History Filmmaking and Communication at the University of Otago
This one year programme at the University of Otago enables you to specialise in Natural History Filmmaking – based in Dunedin, the wildlife capital of New Zealand you will be close to colonies of seals, albatross and penguins to practise your skills. It is perhaps no surprise that this part of New Zealand has become a centre for those involved in natural history filmmaking and popularising science.
6. Master of Marine and Antarctic Science at University of Tasmania
The island of Tasmania is the closest part of Australia to the Antarctic, so what better place to base yourself if you are interested in studying Antarctic Science. This Master degree is a specialized coursework programme in polar and temperate marine biology. You will gain advanced instruction and training in emerging approaches and technologies and gain international experience and research skills in the areas of marine and Antarctic science.
7. Master of Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University
The only course of it’s kind in Australia, the Master of Maritime Archaeology offers a unique opportunity to learn about the specialist skills required in the excavation and preservation of maritime archaeological sites – including those under the sea, lakes and rivers. Topics offered include Maritime Archaeology in Australia, Global Perspectives in Maritime and Underwater Archaeology, Issues in Maritime Archaeology, Maritime Archaeological Field School, Coastal and Underwater Archaeology, Ships: Research, Recording and Reconstruction and Underwater Cultural Heritage: Legislation, Management and Interpretation.
8. Master of China Studies at The University of Sydney
The Master of China Studies is a programme designed for those with a keen interest in China. You need not have previously studied this diverse country, as this unique degree covers the breadth of China’s society and culture, as well as its history and development. There are opportunities to specialise in a range of areas including business, health, history (ancient and modern), law, society, and politics. Given the growing importance of China in most aspects of global interactions, employers in all areas of the economy are seeking employees with a more sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of China.
9. Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Wine Science at the University of Auckland
This popular postgraduate diploma programme at the University of Auckland offers a unique opportunity for students to live and work at the Goldwater Vineyard on Waiheke Island whilst studying the process of winemaking, viticulture and wine business. The course is taught by Auckland’s wine science lecturers and researchers who come from a range of academic backgrounds, including chemistry, biology, geography and business, while visiting lecturers and leading New Zealand winemakers also lend their expertise to teaching.
10. Master of Mining and Energy Laws at the University of Western Australia
This postgraduate master degree is designed to give legal and non-legal professionals the expertise to pursue careers in the mining and energy industries. Studying this course at the University of Western Australia, will place you in the middle of the mining boom that is currently taking place in the state. The course covers a range of topics including: petroleum law, mining law, corporate governance for resources companies, international oil and gas law, international environmental law, climate change and emissions trading, oil and gas project development law.
11. Executive Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne
The executive Master of Arts programme at the University of Melbourne offers a unique opportunity for arts graduates to study leadership and management for effective career development within the Humanities. As well as core modules focusing on project management, leadership, creative and critical thinking, people management, budgeting and financial management, organisational theory and practice, students have the opportunity to diversify their skill base in humanities by studying modules in languages or other related arts subjects. Internship placements are available as part of the programme and graduates of the EMA have gone on to work for international companies including Amnesty International, National Australia Bank and Lonely Planet Publications.