The course provides graduates with an evidence-based learning approach to build a high level of influence and leadership in their local government workplace. The course, which is informed by the research and capacity-building activities of the UTS Centre for Local Government, provides an interdisciplinary program with teaching and learning activities ranging across and beyond the faculty. An education program is developed to match the requirements of each participant's individual requirements, and subjects can be studied through intensive block release or in some cases through online delivery mode.
The education and professional development provided through the Master of Local Government aims to meet individual needs and provide opportunities for local government practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills, underpinned with a strong foundation in public service and democratic values and principles. On completion of the course, graduates have a sound understanding of current issues in local government and in diverse communities, as well as an ability to relate this knowledge back to their own workplaces. They gain research and scholarship competencies that allow them to continue their own professional development through short courses or further academic study, including at doctoral level.
The Master of Local Government at the University of Technology Sydney is highly suited to professionals wishing to progress their careers as senior managers and leaders of local councils. It is also highly recommended for public administrators and policymakers from other tiers of government, and managers from the non-government sector who partner on a regular basis with local government and wish to better understand the principles and practices of local governance.
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Programme StructureCourse completion requirements:
- Core subjects (Local Government)
- 18 months
- 36 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesPublic Policy Political Science View 34 other Masters in Political Science in Australia
Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
Applicants must have one of the following:
- a UTS recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent, or higher qualification, or
- a UTS Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management with a credit average, or
- a UTS Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership with a credit average, or
- a UTS Graduate Certificate in Development Assessment with a credit average.
Applications based on a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent or higher qualification must provide the following:
- a personal statement (max. 300 words) addressing their reasons for wanting to undertake the Master of Local Government, and
- a CV clearly articulating local government sector-related work with a minimum experience of five years.
Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on their ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' relevant work experience.
Applicants need to provide:
- a CV clearly articulating relevant experience
- a Personal Statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study the Master of Local Government. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.
The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.
Applicants who do not possess such graduate qualifications must have sufficient professional experience in local government and must demonstrate evidence of meeting AQF Level 7 learning outcomes in local government.
International12280 AUD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 12280 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
For this course, the cost per credit point for 2020 is $512. The total credit points are 72.
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