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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, the 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Masters 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 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
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5366
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$31744 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5366
CRICOS Code
038556F
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.
  • access a range of public bodies at international, federal and state level through an acclaimed internship scheme.
  • Choose to include an internship, a research project or participation in the Graduate Centre Mentorship program.

1 in Queensland for social policy and administration

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for politics and international studies

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

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:

  • Dynamics of Governance
  • Law, Policy and Governance
  • International & National Conservation Policy
  • Globalisation and Economic Development

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
  • Ministerial team member
  • Public policy adviser
  • Global health and development adviser
  • Social justice advocate
  • Portfolio governance analyst

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCGPP* with a GPA of 5 or GDipGPP* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline plus three years full-time work experience in a public policy relevant organisation.

*Please note the GCGPP or GDipGPP can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in political sciences, social sciences, governance, public policy, public administration, public management, political science, organisational studies, public relations, media or communication, and law.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required¿ this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant professional experience may include work experience in the planning, management and implementation of policies or programs at any level of governmental agencies- local, state, national or international. Relevant work experience may also include program delivery or project management in non-government and community organisations. The work may include research, evaluation, building organisational capabilities, and service delivery. This work experience should demonstrate analytical and writing skills.

Prerequisites

Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCGPP* with a GPA of 5 or GDipGPP* with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline plus three years full-time work experience in a public policy relevant organisation.

*Please note the GCGPP or GDipGPP can only be used as the basis of entry into the program if you already have an existing approved degree in the same discipline.

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in political sciences, social sciences, governance, public policy, public administration, public management, political science, organisational studies, public relations, media or communication, and law.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required¿ this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Relevant professional experience may include work experience in the planning, management and implementation of policies or programs at any level of governmental agencies- local, state, national or international. Relevant work experience may also include program delivery or project management in non-government and community organisations. The work may include research, evaluation, building organisational capabilities, and service delivery. This work experience should demonstrate analytical and writing skills.

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.

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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

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Additional application information

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, history, sociology, cultural studies, media studies, communication, economics/political economy, anthropology or ethnography, and Law.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

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.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $31,744

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Governance and Public Policy for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Governance and Public Policy pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

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Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,480

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Governance and Public Policy at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

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.

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