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Government (Research)

University of Canberra

M.A. On Campus
24 months
27800 AUD/year
22300 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Arts in Government (Research) at University of Canberra allows you to develop relevant research skills through a carefully designed program which includes a dissertation and relevant choice of coursework units. 

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UC recognises how important it is that you are able to continue with your studies while your travel plans are temporarily put on hold due to COVID-19. For this reason, we have developed a carefully selected range of online units for our most popular degree courses, enabling you to commence your study online before transitioning to face-to-face study once travel restrictions are lifted.

Please refer to our website for detailed info regarding availability/conditions etc

You will undertake advanced study and reflection on practice in the fields of public sector management, politics and public policy, drawing on your previous professional experience in government, while expanding your skills and expertise.

In your dissertation, you can choose to investigate either a purely theoretical subject matter, or one based on current and real issues in the area of government. Completion of this highly professional course will see you make an original contribution to knowledge and research in this important field, ready to progress to the next stage of your career. 

As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Arts in Government (Research) at University of Canberra and you will:

  • undertake coursework that develops knowledge and skill in research methodology and research methods
  • develop the research, writing and analysis skills which enable you to produce a dissertation which is an original and significant contribution to the relevant literature and/or professional practice
  • prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular professional issue
  • initiate closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with public administration and public policy.

Career opportunities

  • Sessional academic
  • Research officer
  • Research fellow
  • Research services officer
  • Public servant
  • Policy officer
  • Project officer
  • Board member
  • Senior analyst
  • Program director

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methodology and Research Design 
  • Literature Review Seminar 
  • Masters Dissertation in Government 
  • Business Professional Project Proposal 
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Arts in Government program the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements: 

  • holds a bachelor degree in a relevant field which is of sufficient quality to gain entry into an honours program, or has completed a bachelor's degree with honours;
  • demonstrates capacity and/or aptitude for research;and
  • provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically.
CRICOS Code: 058968J

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27800 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    22300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22300 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Government (Research)
University of Canberra