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Katrina Elliot Myerson (Class of 2000) has what some might call an ‘impossible job’.

As an International Humanitarian Protection Specialist, having worked with the Red Cross, UN Agencies and RedR Australia, Ms Elliot Myerson’s work takes her to many of the world’s most unstable regions to aid those who have been affected by conflict.  Show more

Katrina Elliot Myerson (Class of 2000) has what some might call an ‘impossible job’.

As an International Humanitarian Protection Specialist, having worked with the Red Cross, UN Agencies and RedR Australia, Ms Elliot Myerson’s work takes her to many of the world’s most unstable regions to aid those who have been affected by conflict. 

On one day, she might work to provide better access to vital amenities for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and the next you could find her in Afghanistan, negotiating a more dignified living situation for detainees.

The winner of this year’s Community Achievement Award at the Bond University Alumni Awards Dinner says that while sometimes it can be confronting when faced each day by the most vulnerable aspects of humanity, it’s all about remaining motivated by the little wins.

“For me the rewarding moments are the little things … it’s about those moments where you can see impact on people’s lives,” says Ms Elliot Myerson.

Ms Elliot Myerson recalls a particularly touching time when she was able to help a group of prisoners whose families had feared for their safety.

“I remember sitting in a confinement cell in a prison. There were probably about 10 prisoners in there with me and it was so dark I had to use a head torch to see them.”

“For these prisoners, people had actually thought they were missing.”

“So, to be able to speak with them and ensure they had access to fresh air and health support – and then being able to go back and inform their families that they were actually still alive, was extremely rewarding.”

While there wasn’t a specific moment when Ms Elliot Myerson realised protection work was her life’s calling, she has always felt a need to give back to the global community.

“I was always very conscious that I have grown up in a fortunate situation, had a great education, a loving family and a roof over my head,” she says.

“I felt responsibility to contribute to the broader community, or those who weren’t in the same position as I was.”

Ms Elliot Myerson expects her next overseas deployment on behalf of the Red Cross will come later in the year.

Until then she holds a senior policy position with Australian Red Cross, working on feature writing, speaking engagements and mentoring other young humanitarian workers.

While it is easy to feel disheartened as crises continue to unfold around the world, she believes there is always a solution that can help improve lives, and it is often created through education.

“Yes, there are a lot of confronting and catastrophic situations,” she says.

“At the moment we have East Africa where more than 20 million people are facing starvation, and millions more have been displaced in Syria.”

“But I think we do have potential for solutions and responses, and I think those solutions are in our classrooms, our research labs and our community.” Show less

Katrina Elliot Myerson (Master of International Relations Alumna) International Humanitarian Protection Specialist

About the program

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels, culminating with a professional segment comprising a professional portfolio, field project and field project report. Students will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. Show more

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is an innovative, forward-looking program that is attuned to the dynamics of the globalising world and its multiple diplomatic channels, culminating with a professional segment comprising a professional portfolio, field project and field project report. Students will gain a solid grounding in contemporary, theoretical and cultural issues. At the end of the degree, candidates will have a professional portfolio detailing their research and practical expertise in their chosen vocational area. The program duration is 4 semesters and 20 weeks (92 weeks). Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration92 weeks
Starting semesters
  • September 2017
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaInternational Relations and Humanities
Program codeHS-23078
CRICOS code063306E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of International Relations (Professional) program is designed for students who are wishing to expand upon their existing global career or studies. It will equip graduates with the critical thinking skills and strategic development required to expand their global careers. Graduates could seek to further their careers in diplomacy, international trade, government and business through an enhanced understanding of regional and global politics, development, strategic decision making, sociology and economy.

View the Master of International Relations (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing

Master of International Relations (Professional) comprises 13 subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (8)

Dissertation/Portfolio (2)

Electives (2)

  • Student must choose two (2) subjects from the FSD list of available postgraduate subjects. Students can choose to undertake additional Minor Dissertations/Portfolios as electives if desired.

Professional

* Please note that the Professional Portfolio subject can only be commenced once all coursework subjects have been completed.

Available research topics for Dissertation/Portfolio

Please refer to Master of International Relations for a full list of available research topics.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

The total program fees for the Master of International Relations (Professional) are:

  • $44,570
  • $46,673

Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree from an approved institution in either international relations, political science, political studies, global studies, humanities/arts, law or business studies.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.