What will I learn?

Policy-making aims to address social, environmental and economic issues that impact society. The Master of Public Policy and Management enables students to make a contribution to many complex policy problems in the contemporary world. Students who complete this course are highly sought after in government, the public sector, the not-for-profit sector and the business world.

We’ve worked closely with government, the public sector and industry contacts to design this course to help you make a difference in your public policy career. You’ll get the knowledge and skills you need to analyse, design and implement policy in complex institutional and regulatory environments.

The course offers professional-based electives including project management, ethics in government, and leading and managing non-government organisations.

You can also choose policy-based electives to specialise in areas such as energy policy, environmental impact and management, health policy and law, or add up to two language units in either Indonesian or Japanese.

3 reasons to study a Master of Public Policy Management at Murdoch

  • Take on a professional internship or practical project to put your learning into practice as you gain academic credit. Past students have interned with the WA State Parliament and public sector agencies, and researched real-world policy problems.
  • Travel to Indonesia as part of the Study Indonesia Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) program and earn credits towards your Master and put your learning into practice.
  • Learn from our academics who are actively involved in research in the areas of public sector ethics, corruption, citizenship, public sector reform and international public administration.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • Public policy and international affairs
  • Public policy perspectives
  • Comparative governance
  • Public administration
  • Public sector management

Your career

If you’re a recent graduate expanding your knowledge, or a professional exploring a new career direction, this course will enhance your professional skills and provide a competitive edge in your career.

You could pursue a career in the public sector, the not-for-profit sector or in roles at the intersection between government and business. Careers could include:

  • Ministerial and Parliamentary Advisor
  • Environmental Policy Manager
  • Health Policy Development Manager
  • Evaluation and Performance Reporting Officer
  • Policy Data Analyst

You might work in local, state or federal government, international organisations, corporations with government links, or non-profit agencies.

Which department am I in?

Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,373.00 (18,93,630) per year
This fee is for 2020 and may subject to change
Start date

28 February 2022


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or equivalent; Successful completion of at least two university units at AQF level 7 degree or above. Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS): overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT): 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based): 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 50 with no band below 50; Cambridge Advanced English prior 52 with no section less than Borderline; Cambridge Advanced English after 169 overall with no band below 169 ; Occupational English Test (OET): OET with a minimum of C in the four components.

For international students

Admission to the Master degree is available to students who have a Bachelor degree in any area.

English Language requirements: IELTS overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; CAE - 169 overall with no band below 169; PTE - 50 with no band below 50; TOEFL IBT - 73 with no band less than 18; OET - OET with a minimum of C in the four components.

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