Skip to menu Skip to content Skip to footer

You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student

You're a domestic student if you are:

  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

You're an international student if you are:

  • intending to study on a student visa,
  • not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • not an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student
Change

 

Call us

We have the answers to your postgraduate questions.

 

 Send an enquiry

Email us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Book a call back

Speak at a time that suits you.

 

Find an agent

Find a UQ agent in your country.

 

How to apply How to apply

 

How to apply

It’s easy, but there are a few things to consider.

Learn how to apply

Ready to apply?

Start today. Save for later if you need to.

Start application

 

Call us

We have the answers to your postgraduate questions.

 

 Send an enquiry

Email us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Book a call back

Speak at a time that suits you.

 

Find an agent

Find a UQ agent in your country.

 

How to apply How to apply

 

How to apply

It’s easy, but there are a few things to consider.

Learn how to apply

Ready to apply?

Start today. Save for later if you need to.

Start application

Glass skyscraper towering into the sky

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)
1 Year Master of Governance and Public Policy
2 Years Master of Governance and Public Policy
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5366
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32448 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
1 Year Master of Governance and Public Policy
2 Years Master of Governance and Public Policy
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
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 2021

1 in Queensland for politics and international studies

QS World University Rankings 2021

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

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • an approved 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.
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 in the discipline, including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.
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
  • program delivery or project management in non-government and community organisations, and
  • research, evaluation, building organisational capabilities, and service delivery.
This work experience should demonstrate analytical and writing skills.

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below), or
  • an approved 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.
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 in the discipline, including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.
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
  • program delivery or project management in non-government and community organisations, and
  • research, evaluation, building organisational capabilities, and service delivery.
This work experience should demonstrate analytical and writing skills.

Related programs

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

AUD $32,448

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Governance and Public Policy for the 2022 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

AUD $24,600

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Governance and Public Policy at 2022 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

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.

Learn more about financial aid

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

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.

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

Explore other programs

Communication

Master ofCommunication

St Lucia
1.5 Years full-time1.5 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Museum Studies

Master ofMuseum Studies

St Lucia
1.5 Years full-time1.5 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Development Practice

Master ofDevelopment Practice

St Lucia
1.5 Years full-time1.5 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)
Health Economics

Master ofHealth Economics

St Lucia
1.5 Years full-time1.5 Years full-time
(or part time equivalent)

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Master of Governance and Public Policy and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.