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POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA OF CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary International Studies (PDCIS) introduces students to a wide range of international business and contemporary management issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The programme is designed to develop problem solving, critical analysis, team working skills and effective communication skills; It gives graduates the confidence and ability to tackle complex business resource management problems and to have a significant impact on a variety of situations and roles in the global market.

This programme is self contained, but can also be a first year for the Master of Contemporary International Studies (MCIS).

 

FURTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Educational outcome

Graduates may apply to transfer their credits from the PDCIS to the Master of Contemporary International Studies programme, and undertake the research year for that programme. Completion of the Postgraduate Diploma to a high level may allow graduates to apply to Masters programmes at other tertiary institutions.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Professional outcome

Key managerial skills: leadership, planning and organisation, analysis and decision-making, teamwork, integrity. Careers at supervisory and management levels where an understanding of international business, trade, politics and environmental, social and cultural sensitivity is required.

See below for job outcomes available to you once you complete your qualification.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

DOMESTIC STUDENTS

  • Any undergraduate degree with a minimum 50% grade average or better

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

  • Prior undergraduate degree with a minimum 50% grade average or better
  • Evidence of English proficiency, equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0

 

RECOMMENDED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Students may not have previous knowledge in the specialty areas. Nonetheless, they are expected to be able to function successfully using essay writing and research skills they have acquired from their Bachelors degree.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  • 150 credits, one year, full-time
  • Five double-credit papers, two of which are compulsory: Research Methods and Resource Management

 

STUDY GUIDE

pdf Postgraduate study guide (1.61MB)

PAPERS (YEAR ONE)

All postgraduate students are required to take FIVE papers, with no more than TWO papers per semester.

TWO compulsory papers 

  • Postgraduate Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Resource Management (30 credits)

THREE elective papers

The following Level 8 papers may be offered:

  • Business, the Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Marketing (30 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (30 credits)
  • International Human Resource Management (30 credits)
  • Leadership, Communication and Change Management (30 credits)
  • People, the Planet and Sustainability (30 credits)
  • Politics and Development (30 credits)
  • Science, the Environment and Policy Making (30 credits)
  • Sustainability and Management Accounting (30 credits)
(Not all papers will be offered every year.)

Students successfully completing 150 credits may then graduate with a PDCIS.

 

JOB OUTCOMES

Highly-skilled graduates are sought after in a wide variety of industries. A postgraduate qualification will open up a wider range of high-level career opportunities in the following areas.

GENERAL JOB TYPES

  • Executive
  • Manager
  • Specialist
  • Supervisor
  • Team Leader

IN-DEMAND JOB TYPES

  • Advertising & Public Relations 
  • Building & Construction Professional 
  • Business Development Manager
  • Communications Professional 
  • Digital Business & Digital Enterprise 
  • Digital Marketing 
  • Education 
  • Financial & Accounting
  • Highway Management & Quantitative Surveying 
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Relations 
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Marketing 
  • Project Manager 
  • Public Relations 
  • Research Executive 
  • Sales or Retail Manager
Sources:   Some outcomes may need additional certifications or have additional requirements. 

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