Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Developing expertise through professional coursework and higher degree research

Our postgraduate courses are designed to meet the needs of the culturally diverse and globally mobile students. You’ll be taught by leading academic staff from Murdoch University, alongside renowned visiting scholars and professional practitioners from across Australia and around the world.

Complete your postgraduate qualification at Murdoch University

Public Policy

Public Policy

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

International Affairs

International Affairs

Our Master of International Affairs and Security is a genuinely multi-disciplinary professional degree.



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

Health Administration

Health Policy

We offer three streams in our Masters and Graduate Certificates in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership.

Structured to fit a demanding lifestyle

All our classes are delivered in flexible formats, designed to fit a demanding professional life, with units offered in the evenings, on weekends, or in intensive blocks. Learn face-to-face in small group seminars and workshops that maximise your on-campus student experience.

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World-class facilities

Classes are held in dedicated postgraduate suites, facilitating an elite educational experience. Murdoch University’s Library Learning Centre and computer labs are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can study when it suits you.

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The Capstone experience

Each degree entails a combination of compulsory and elective coursework, combining core disciplinary knowledge with broader professional skills relevant to high-level employment.

Finally, your course concludes with a Capstone experience – an opportunity to apply your learning to a specific policy issue through a professional internship, an independent research project, or a supervised research thesis that would qualify for PhD admission.

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Recognition of prior learning

Use your previous tertiary qualifications and relevant professional experience to qualify for advanced standing. This means you could complete a Masters degree in as little as 12 or 18 months.

Learn about advanced standing and admissions requirements

Enrolment Advice

Enrolments open from mid-May for mid-year intake, and mid-November each year for the following year. You should enrol in all your units as soon as you can so you are fully prepared for the semester and don't miss out on any information. You can make changes and add units online through MyInfo up until the end of the second week of each semester – provided that classes for the unit in which you wish to enrol have not commenced, in which case approval from the Unit Coordinator is required. Unit Coordinator approval is required for all unit enrolment after the second week of semester. If approval is not sought, the School Dean or Academic Chair may cancel your enrolment in that unit.

It is in your best interest to enrol in your units by the start of the semester, irrespective of when classes start, to ensure you are eligible for Fee Help. Students enrolling after the census date will not be eligible for Fee Help.

Joint Masters Program

Universitas Gadjah Mada

The Sir Walter Murdoch School has a new joint program with Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of the top universities in Indonesia.Under this new post graduate arrangement, students from UGM will be able to undertake a joint Masters degree, combining UGM’s MA in International Relations with our SWM Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS) program. Students will complete one year of coursework studies at UGM, before articulating into a second year in our MIAS program, which will lead to a jointly badged degree. The program will culminate with research methods training at Murdoch, and the completion of a jointly-supervised research thesis. The first cohort of students will arrive at Murdoch for Semester 2 2018.

Exchange agreement – University of Bologna

The Sir Walter Murdoch School has a student exchange program with the University of Bologna in Italy. Sir Walter Murdoch students who wish to take at least one semester of their studies at the Department of Economics, Management and Statistics can do so on a reciprocal basis with Bologna. There is no tuition fee, rather Murdoch students must be enrolled in a relevant Sir Walter Murdoch School credit-bearing unit, such as the Supervised Research Thesis.

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