Public Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #247 (QS) ,
Make sense of critical issues in society and engage in policy development and implementation practices that help create supportive communities.


You’ll learn how you can contribute to positive policy outcomes and be prepared for leading roles at all levels of government and human services organisations.

This program has been specifically designed for policymakers and managers working in government and community sector organisations.

You’ll develop specialised theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in all facets of public policy.

Taught by leading policy academics and industry professionals, the program reflects the latest debates, issues and approaches to global, national and local policy making and development.

You'll explore and develop frameworks for issues such as:

  • evidence-based policy and practice
  • global governance
  • equity
  • public sector reform.

Graduates work as policy makers, advocates and managers in human service, government and non-government organisations, and increasingly in the private and corporate sector.

This program is primarily taught through evening classes during the week, with some courses delivered through intensive full-day workshops.

You’ll explore the links between evidence, policy and practice and learn to determine the ways in which contemporary ideas and practices enable, shape and limit public policy reform.

You’ll build essential knowledge in ethics and values in the public and community sectors, with core courses focusing on:

  • sociology
  • program management and evaluation
  • governance
  • social and political theory
  • policy making
  • economics for policy.

You'll select elective courses lead by academic experts from a range of social science streams, including:

  • public policy and management
  • human services
  • urban and regional planning
  • environmental management
  • international development and global studies
  • justice studies
  • human rights
  • research

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Global Governance
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Policy Making
  • Social Policy
  • Research Strategies - Social Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

  • An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    27840 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27840 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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