Faculty of Arts: Department of Security Studies and Criminology - Strategic Change in the Asia-Pacific

Faculty of Arts: Department of Security Studies and Criminology - Strategic Change in the Asia-Pacific


Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Project Name

Strategic Change in the Asia-Pacific

Project Description

Two fulltime Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarships (MQRTP) to complete a 3 year PhD program at the Department of Security Studies and Criminology are available for prospective PhD candidates in the area of security studies. Supervised by Prof Ben Schreer, Head of the Department, the two scholarships examine the security implications of the strategic change currently taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. We offer two PhDs in security studies looking at a topic in the following areas:

  • The strategic response of Southeast Asian littoral states to China’s rise
  • The post-Cold War US-China security and defence relationship
  • Japan’s (re-)emergence as a strategic actor in Asia
  • Australia’s strategic response to Asia-Pacific power shifts
  • Disruptive military technologies and their impact on strategy
  • Cyber defence strategies in Asia
  • The future of nuclear weapons in Asia

Interested applicants are asked to provide a 5 page project proposal outlining (1) the significance of the topic; (2) the major research questions; (3) the methodological and theoretical approaches; and (4) a three-year progression plan. Successful applicants are expected to develop and teach one PICT unit in their field of research interest.

ContactProfessor Ben Schreer,Head of Department, Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
+61 2 9850 1423

The international MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,288 pa (2016 rate) tax exempt for 3 years. The iMQRTP also includes international tuition fee coverage for an international candidate for a maximum period of 3 years

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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