Sir Walter Murdoch School of
Public Policy and
International Affairs

Course structure and fees

Each degree offered at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs is structured through coursework which delivers professional studies and training in core disciplines, combined with policy electives and programs which develop professional skills.

The degrees conclude with a capstone experience offering students the choice of a professional internship, an independent research project, or a supervised research thesis that would qualify for PhD admission.

Flexible study options

Courses can be studied full-time or part-time, with units offered in evening timeslots and weekends throughout the semester. Units can also be completed in intensive blocks.

All classes are taught face-to-face in small group seminars and workshops designed to maximize the on-campus student experience.

Units of study

The units of study which can be undertaken at the School of Public Policy and International Affairs can be viewed by degree.

Commencement dates

Courses commence annually in February for semester one and August for semester two.

Course durations

Masters degrees are 2 years full-time or the part-time equivalent.

Previous tertiary qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may qualify students for advanced standing, meaning they could complete a Masters qualification in as little as 12 or 18 months. (The 12 and 18 month programs are designed for those already working in the field of public policy or public sector management and who are seeking career advancement opportunities. The 2 year program is designed for recent graduates or those seeking a career change). A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience. Students can find more information on admissions and advanced standing at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs website.


Master of Public Policy and Management

Master of International Affairs
Master of Development Studies

Graduate Certificates are 6 months full-time or the part-time equivalent. Applicable to:

Graduate Certificate of Public Policy and Management
Graduate Certificate of Development Studies

Course fees

Fees are charged on a semester basis and students are only charged for the units taken in that semester.

Australian citizens can choose from these payment methods:

  • Pay upfront each semester.
  • Defer all the semester’s fees through FEE-HELP.
  • Pay a portion of the semester’s fees upfront and defer a portion through FEE-HELP.

Please contact us for further information on the fees.

International students also can find out more information about our fee structure by contacting us.