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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Governance and Public Policy (MGPP)

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 one 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 over 30 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.

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.
  • Study with students from a range of different backgrounds and countries in a genuinely multicultural classroom, giving you a global perspective.
  • Be supported through your studies in the Graduate Centre Mentorship program.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process

Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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
  • Diplomatic corps official
  • Public policy adviser
  • Global health and development adviser
  • Social justice advocate

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Prerequisites
Approved bachelor honours degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 5.

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.