Murdoch's innovative graduate school provides students with expertise in core disciplines and electives to develop valuable professional skills.

Sir Walter Murdoch School of
Public Policy and
International Affairs

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Welcome to the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs offers students a unique opportunity to engage with big policy issues, develop high-level skills and build career opportunities through professional Masters degrees and other graduate programs.

Taking advantage of Murdoch University's long engagement with practical policy questions and deep expertise on Australia, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region, the Sir Walter Murdoch School offers Masters degrees in Public Policy and Management, International Affairs and Development Studies. Merit-based scholarships are available for both local and international students.

We also offer Graduate Certificates in Public Policy and Management, Development Studies and, starting in 2015, Health Policy and Leadership.

Ben Reilly

As Australia’s fastest-growing graduate policy school, we welcome students with undergraduate degrees in any subject, and offer advance standing to those who already have a background in public policy and international affairs.

Feel free to contact me directly to discuss your future at the Sir Walter Murdoch School.

Prof Benjamin Reilly
Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School

Mike Petrut

Murdoch student claims influential think tank role

Posted 9 December 2014

A Murdoch University graduate student has won a scholarship to work for a leading public policy think tank in Melbourne. Mike Petrut, 24, from Edgewater, who is studying for a Master of International Affairs at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, will be interned at the Institute for Public Affairs (IPA) for six weeks from January thanks to the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.

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Public Policy

Public Policy

We offer a Master of Public Policy and Management and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy and Management.

International Affairs

International Affairs

Our Master of International Affairs is a genuinely multi-discplinary professional degree.

Development

Development

Find out more about our Master of Development Studies and Graduate Certificate of Development Studies

Health Policy

Health Policy

Advance your career in health with the Sir Walter Murdoch graduate program in Health Policy & Leadership.

Why choose the Sir Walter Murdoch School?

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Practical learning

Apply your learning to a practical issue through a policy case study, a professional internship, or a supervised research thesis.

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Flexible schedules

Study full-time or part-time, according to your schedule. We offer evening and weekend units, or intensive study blocks.

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Events and opportunities

Take advantage of the networking events and professional opportunities offered to all our students.

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Leading academics

Connect with leading academics, professional practitioners, and visiting scholars from Australia and around the world.

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Recognition of prior learning

Use previous study or professional experience to help you complete your qualification in less time.

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Small class size

Learn face-to-face in small group seminars and workshops, designed to maximize your on-campus experience.

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What our ambassadors say

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"I was hesitant to return to study after having a break for five years, but I felt that getting a qualification directly related to policy would be really interesting and would help me to advance my career. Learning from such reputable academic staff from such a wide variety subject areas makes it a very valuable experience.I literally put the theory into practice every day and I’m looking forward to exploring where my qualification will take me."

Cassie Houghton
Student of Public Policy and Policy Officer, WA Dept of Housing

Yona Chawanje

“I chose Murdoch because I was inspired by research presentations given by Murdoch lecturers at a conference I attended. I knew Murdoch would mould me to be skilful in handling policy matters in a dynamic world. I’d recommend Murdoch because of the great learning facilities, the skills obtained through this degree will enable me to serve the Malawi government in areas of policy, with greater knowledge.”

Yona Chawanje
Student of Public Policy

Ei Hnin Phyu Htun

"I knew I had much to gain from choosing to study Public Policy at the Sir Walter Murdoch School. The coursework is very relevant to the reform strategy of my country. I hope to return home and make a valuable contribution to sustainable governance in Myanmar. The school's academic support has enhanced my learning experience and I have great confidence that the knowledge and quality training I am receiving will serve me well in the future."

Ei Hnin Phyu Htun
Student of Public Policy