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Master of Governance and Public Policy

Overview

Boost your career potential and gain an advanced understanding of 21st century governance and public policy.

UQ brings world-class scholars, policy practitioners and cutting-edge researchers together to deliver a first-class learning experience for those looking to develop a career in governance and policy.

Housed in the Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs within UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies, this master's program aims to take your student experience to a new level and boost your quality and employability as a future leader.

As a student, you'll undertake high-level coursework – choosing from over 40 subjects and projects – to gain practical knowledge and research skills, and a critical, inquiring approach to questions of governance and policy development in the modern world.

You'll gain a deeper understanding of how governments operate and the major public issues confronting our society, across areas such as community and international policy, governance and development, and resource management.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with a transferable skill-set allowing you to meaningfully address key policy issues and improve policy outcomes in both the public and private sectors.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5607
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33264 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time (only available as full-time study)
1.5 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
2 Years full-time (only available as full-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5607
CRICOS Code
084724B
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Interact with world-class scholars and policy practitioners, and work closely with top-rated researchers in the field.
  • Be exposed to leading thinkers in the public, private and community sectors on a regular basis.
  • Study with students from a range of different backgrounds and countries in a genuinely multicultural classroom, giving you a global perspective.
  • Choose to include an internship, a research project or participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship program.

1 in Queensland for politics

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for social policy and administration

QS World University Rankings 2022

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How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Writing Politics
  • Foundations in Politics, Policy and International Relations
  • Dynamics of Governance
  • Economic Analysis and Public Policy

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Think tank adviser
  • Policy research institute member
  • Not-for-profit manager
  • Environmental adviser
  • Project environmental adviser
  • Ministerial team member
  • Diplomatic corps official
  • Public policy adviser
  • Global health and development adviser
  • Social justice advocate
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

It's possible to complete this degree in 2 years, 1.5 years or 1 year depending on your qualifications and experience.

You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements. You may also be eligible to apply for credit or exemptions to shorten your degree further. You'll graduate with the same qualification no matter how long you take to complete the degree.

2-year degree (32 units of study)

To be eligible to complete the degree in 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or
  • to have successfully completed 3 years of study towards an approved qualification at an overseas partner institution that has a formal pathway to the Master of Governance and Public Policy (32 units).


You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy (or equivalent), or
  • a Graduate Diploma in Governance and Public Policy, or
  • a bachelor's degree in any discipline plus 3 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in a public policy organisation (see below). Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.


You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

1-year degree (16 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below).


You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include political sciences, social sciences, governance, public policy, public administration, public management, political science, organisational studies, history and law.


You must have completed at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience includes work:

  • in the planning, management and implementation of policies or programs at any level of governmental agencies - local, state, national or international, and
  • in program delivery or project management in non-government and community organisations, and
  • in research, evaluation, building organisational capabilities, and service delivery.


This work experience should demonstrate analytical and writing skills.




Evidence of relevant work experience should include a letter from your employer (and/or previous employers) stating the following:

  • That you work (or worked) within the specified organisation
  • The nature of your work, including any relevant duties and responsibilities
  • The length that you were there (i.e. 3 years)
  • The level at which you worked (full-time, part-time* or casual*)

*if you worked part-time or casual, please list the average amount of hours worked per week

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English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Governance and Public Policy are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $33,264

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Governance and Public Policy is 5607.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. If you don't meet the requirements for your first preference, we'll automatically consider you for entry into a longer duration.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Governance and Public Policy is 5607.

This program is available in multiple durations. You can apply for any duration as long as you meet the entry requirements.

When you apply, select your preferred duration. You can also ask us to consider you for a longer duration if you don't meet the entry requirements for your first preference.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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