Master of Public Policy: Foreign and Defence Policy Specialisation
Become an expert in foreign and defence policy
Follow your dreams of working in foreign and defence policy roles by developing your expertise in foreign policy decision-making. Learn how to implement responses, strategies and changes in defence related matters.
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Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate deep understanding of public policy and its key challenges and issues, in Australia and globally;
- Understand processes and challenges of agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation of public policy;
- Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the field of public policy including its practical application across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts;
- Demonstrate understanding of methods for policy research and analysis and identify and apply them with appropriate tools to public policy issues;
- Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives.
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At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis.
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
· 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
· Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
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Work and Life
A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must meet the ANU English Language Requirements for Admission.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
Foreign and Defence Policy, one of the Master of Public Policy specialisations, enables you to become an expert in the foreign and defence policy decision-making methods of major powers in the Asia Pacific, including Australia. The specialisation is designed to provide a gateway to securing foreign and defence policy roles, develop expertise in foreign policy decision-making processes, and implement response strategies relating to foreign and defence policy changes. If your aim is to become an expert in foreign policy decision making, this degree specialisation is for you.
With a specific focus on defence-related matters, you will develop in-demand expertise on the decision-making methods adopted by major powers in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, and how they interact. By drawing on theoretical frameworks, you will build niche skills in the analysis of changes in the strategic environment, and gain clarity on the role foreign and defence policies have in responding to these changes. You will communicate meaningfully with external audiences about the challenges facing the Asia Pacific.