Master of Social Policy

The University of Melbourne

Social policy makers help weave the fabric of our society. They help meld the needs of citizens with the roles of government and not-for-profit service agencies in the areas of employment, income support, education, health and climate change. Social policy combines the disciplines of sociology, politics, criminology, history, economics, geography and philosophy. The Master of Social Policy offers a curriculum that reflects cutting-edge developments in the key fields of social policy such as employment, income support, education, health and climate change. Graduates will be equipped to understand the respective roles of government, private and not for profit sectors in meeting the needs of citizens. In the Master of Social Policy you will have a global focus when exploring social dimensions such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and age. Contemporary social issues will be analysed and students must balance the competing forces of social policy and the economy.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,416
International: $71,898

Entry Requirements:

200 point program: Undergraduate degree in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent. 150 point program: Undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent. 100 point program: Honours degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%; or an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent, and at least two years' documented, relevant work experience.


200-point, 150-point and 100-point programs available. Thesis and internship options are available.

Subjects you can Study:

Social policy

Study Pathways:

High-achieving students may be eligible to progress to a PhD.

Who for:

Those seeking careers in social policy design and analysis roles in federal and state government and community sector management

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

Study options

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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