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Our master’s by coursework in the humanities and social sciences offer the international and local experience you need to get your career moving. Gain valuable insights and build networks through industry engagements, internships, research options and international field schools.

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Experience that shapes your career

Hear what our alumni and current students have to say about the experience and skills they gained in their master’s degree, and how this has played a significant role in shaping their career.

vicki-peel-welcomeThe Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

As Director of Graduate Coursework Programs in the Faculty of Arts, I am pleased to welcome you to the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) community.

Our master's degrees offer a wealth of international and local experience through industry engagement, internships and field schools.

Our academic mentors are specialists in their field who will challenge your thinking and extend your knowledge in a collegial learning environment. Our programs also encourage the development of research skills for career practice or further academic study.

Throughout your degree you will engage with a vibrant mix of students from across the world with whom you will share knowledge and understandings and forge lasting friendships. I look forward to meeting you during the course of your studies and my best wishes for the academic year.

- Associate Professor Vicki Peel, Director of Graduate Programs

Internships while you study

An internship unit in your master’s degree is a great way to develop practical experience in your field while building new contacts and networks. Find out more about Graduate Internships.

Tiffany – achieving her dream to be a journalist

Tiffany Korssen completed her Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology at Monash, and then went on to her Masters in Journalism after completing her final semester abroad in Hawaii. In 2015 she completed an internship with the Herald Sun as part of her Masters course, and is now working there as a journalist.

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Patrick – getting into digital marketing

Master of Communications and Media Studies student, Patrick Roden, interned at a digital marketing company where he had the opportunity to learn new technologies and put communication theories into practice.

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Sonia – interning at the Hawthorn Football Club

Sonia Constandelos is a 2nd Year Master of Communications and Media Studies student, currently doing a ‘Digital Media’ internship with the Hawthorn Football Club at Waverly Park, just down the road from Monash’s Clayton campus.

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Graduate facilities

We have a number of facilities available for Graduate Students to use across our campuses in Australia.

A new multi-million dollar media centre is now available to students of the Master of Journalism and Master of Communications and Media Studies courses, allowing for state-of-the art teaching, production and research.

The newly refurbished Graduate Lounge is for the exclusive use of Arts Graduate Coursework students, and is open 7 days a week. With comfortable furnishings, and access to tea/coffee facilities, graduate students can use the lounge to network, collaborate or just relax.


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Amanda Taylor, pro-snowboarder turned International Development Studies student, has one more semester of her MIDP course to go. We recently spoke to her about how she's finding the course, the experiences she's gaining with Monash SEED and the financial literacy programs they are running, and what she hopes to do next year.

Why Development?

Amanda was a pro-snowboarder while doing her undergrad in Politics at Monash – when she finished competing last year she started looking at longer term career options. Having a background in politics and social science, she looked for internships to give her a taster of what it would be like to work in that field.

That took her to Rome for an internship at the UN World Food Program for six months. “I thought it was an interesting place to be – it’s the world’s largest humanitarian response agency. They respond to natural disasters, conflict, all sorts of emergencies… I wanted to learn more about that. I knew I wanted to use my politics degree but wasn’t sure how.”

During her time there, Amanda learned about the world beyond political studies in the classroom, understanding more about program delivery, development projects and how those are implemented globally.

“I was a communications and policy intern, in a small team, implementing a strategic partnership policy. This involved creating training documents and developing a website that showed all the ways the organisation/divisions work.”

Why Monash?

"Being at the internship gave me insight into how the UN system works in terms of jobs. A mentor there advised completing a Masters degree as this was vital in continuing a career."

“I decided to do the Masters of International Development Practice at Monash because of the practical focus of the course and because of the industry networks.”

I knew I wanted to be in Melbourne – “Monash stood out to me because it seemed like it wasn’t just about what you learned in a university, it was also very practical and about how you apply what you learn – I liked how there were lots of opportunities to get practical experience Oxfam/Monash Partnership”

I knew there were skills I needed to pick up, like “project management” and “research and development” – Monash SEED

Monash SEED

Cambodia Impact trip team – planning and implementing a project.

“I’m doing my internship unit with Monash SEED this summer. We’ll be in a small village called Thnal Dach, close to Siem Reap, for six weeks.”

“A group of six of us are travelling there and there are nine of us all up in Melbourne developing a financial education program for primary and secondary students. We’re also doing some research on the options for developing an oral and feminine hygiene project, and looking for local partners to implement.”

“It’s lined up naturally that what I was learning in the classroom I can implement in this project.”

“Our team is a mixture of post-grad and undergrad, Engineering, Commerce, Arts, Law, there’s a mixture of people involved.”

Monash SEED was started by a Monash Student who noticed a gap in education in ___, where she was teaching English for a short time. Micro-finance being such a large enterprise in Cambodia, there was a lag in access to loans and financial education around terms, conditions and how to pay these loans back.

Amanda’s work will be part of the third team to go over, reviewing the project, understanding its local impacts and planning for future projects.

“Every project reviews the previous project – for the previous trip they worked on loans and borrowing, and we’ll be working on budgeting and educating on that.”

Groups go over twice a year, and has already sent two groups over.

Skills and Experiences

When I think about the challenges – I think about skills and experience. I think it’s vital to have some work experience in the sector either through volunteering or internships. MIDP has helped me address the skills I think I lacked, or were a total mystery to me – something I could then implement through internships and research projects.

“I feel like the course has flexibility for me to choose the classes that help me get the skills I think I need. I ended up taking up an elective in the Sustainability masters course – I wanted to learn how to do sustainability in a business context, how to do the measurements around that.” Amanda explained that she was able to understand which gaps needed to be filled through her work in her first internship position – working in a small team enabled her to understand the roles of the other team members were.

The Sustainability Measurement elective let me do that - could learn how to measure, set parameters, work alongside others to make a project happen etc.

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Someone from the World Food Program as well – They caught up in Melbourne recently.

“It’s been a really good relationship – I’m able to ask any question that comes to mind, especially about the realities of development work. I’ve also been bouncing ideas off her for a research project.”

Amanda is taking on the research elective next year, and has had support from her mentor in thinking about that. She’s thinking of doing something related to the Monash SEED project, relating to financial literacy.

Marginal Propensity to save and financial education and why and how people save money. I want to compare that to what happens if you have a different, less financial focus (like general goal setting etc.)

“I think the staff are really supportive in recognising that students come in with different levels of experience. So for those who are coming in mid-career – for them it’s up-skilling. Those of us who are earlier in our career have a lot of support in figuring out which direction we want to go in, and in gaining more skills.”

Classes are discussion based so we can learn from each other and each other’s perspectives – particularly with great country or sector contexts. We can learn from other students too.

Monash seed http://monashseed.org/microfinance/cambodia-initiative/

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