Boost your policy career and gain an advanced understanding of twenty-first century governance and public policy.

  • This one-year master's program is suitable for those with an approved honours degree looking to develop a career in governance and policy – see Program Details.
  • Undertake high level coursework to gain practical knowledge, research skills and a critical, inquiring approach to questions of governance and policy development in the modern world.
  • Gain a better understanding of how governments operate as well as the major public issues confronting our society across areas such as community and international policy, governance and development, and resource management.
  • Tailor your studies to include an optional internship, independent study or research project. You will develop all aspects of a project with your supervisors and / or external organisation as you gain valuable experience and connections in your field.

Enhance your ability to make your mark as a provider of key policy insights and innovative business strategies.

  • Students

    Multicultural learning environment

    Study and network with public servants from a range of different nations in a genuinely multicultural classroom, giving you a global perspective.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The program is housed in the School of Political Science and International Studies which has a lively intellectual culture and hosts high-profile annual lectures, research seminars, public lectures and photography competitions.

  • Why study

    The Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs


  • Alumni
    The MGPP exposed me to leading thinkers and key debates in the public, private and community sectors, which has given me a greater insight and better understanding of the way governments operate and the influence of new public management on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. I have incorporated my key learnings from the MGPP into various roles in the Department of Career the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Department of Education and Training and Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. Aaron Hoffman, Master of Governance and Public Policy (2016)

Career outcomes

Our graduates can be found in ministerial and public sector leadership roles, senior public management positions, think tanks and policy research institutes, social enterprise and not-for-profit leadership roles, and special adviser roles.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


Approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Governance and Public Policy are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Governance and Public Policy. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Governance and Public Policy at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Courses and Programs

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