Master of Public Policy and Management

Murdoch University

As the Sir Walter Murdoch School's largest program the Master of Public Policy and Management equips you with the strategic, analytical and professional skills for a career in the government, non-profit and private sectors both in Australia and internationally. Extensive industry input went into developing this course to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to analyse, design and implement policy in complex institutional and regulatory environments. Small group size classes enable you to actively contribute and connect with your peers in classroom discussions and allows for stronger engagement with our prized academics, who are leading researchers in their field. The core units within this program cover public policy perspectives, public sector management, policy research and evaluation, and introductory economics. This course also includes a capstone unit, which is a special unit that consolidates everything you have learned in your course and gives you the opportunity to apply your learning to a practical issue. Within this capstone unit, you can opt to undertake either a policy case study project, professional internship, or supervised research thesis. This course is suitable for students looking to work in the public sector, the not-for-profit sector and for professionals who work at the intersection between government and business. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise in public policy relevant to a broad range of settings such as local, state and federal government, international organisations, corporations with government links, and non-profit agencies.

Course Fee:

International: $67,785

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in any area; English competence

Subjects you can Study:

Public policy and management

Who for:

Students looking to work in the public sector, the not-for-profit sector and for professionals who work at the intersection between government and business

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
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Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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