What will I learn?

The Master of Arts in Government (Research) allows you to develop relevant research skills through a carefully designed program which includes a dissertation and relevant choice of coursework units. You will undertake advanced study and reflection on practice in the fields of public sector management, politics and public policy, drawing on your previous professional experience in government, while expanding your skills and expertise.

In your dissertation, you can choose to investigate either a purely theoretical subject matter, or one based on current and real issues in the area of government. Completion of this highly professional course will see you make an original contribution to knowledge and research in this important field, ready to progress to the next stage of your career. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Arts in Government (Research) at UC and you will:

undertake coursework that develops knowledge and skill in research methodology and research methods
develop the research, writing and analysis skills which enable you to produce a dissertation which is an original and significant contribution to the relevant literature and/or professional practice
prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular professional issue
initiate closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with public administration and public policy.

Career opportunities

Sessional academic
Research officer
Research fellow
Research services officer
Public servant
Policy officer
Project officer
Board member
Senior analyst
Program director
Strategic adviser
Indigenous program director
Social impact assessment consultant
Indigenous program director
International diplomat
International project director
Campaign manager
International consultant
International development worker
International aid worker
Community development educator

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Government and Law



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,800.00 (14,88,223) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021

More details

Start date

7 February 2022, 1 August 2022


University of Canberra

11 Kirinari Street,


Australian Capital Territory,

2617, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University. Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Overall score of 79 with no skill score below: R: 13, L: 12, S: 18, W: 21; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with no skill score below 50; Cambridge English Scale (CES): 176 with no individual sub-score below 169; Occupational English Test (OET): No grade lower than 'C' in any of the sub-tests; UC English Language Proficiency Test: Minimum overall grade of 'C'.

For international students

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Arts in Government program the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements: a. holds a bachelor degree in a relevant field which is of sufficient quality to gain entry into an honours program, or has completed a bachelor's degree with honours;
b. demonstrates capacity and/or aptitude for research; and
c. provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically.

A requirement for proceeding to the research component of the degree is completion of the coursework component of the degree and the acceptance and approval of a research proposal and research plan by the course convener.

Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0; TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 79 with: R: 13; L: 12; S: 18; W: 21; Pearson Test of Academic English: 58 with no skill score below 50; Cambridge English Scale: 176 with no sub-score below 169; Occupational English Test: No grade lower than 'C' in any of the sub-tests.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Canberra

The University of Canberra has some of the highest graduate employment rates in Australia combined with above average starting salaries.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Ranked among top 10 best universities in Australia
  • Work-Integrated-Learning incorporated into every degree
  • Generous scholarships for international students