Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMPubPolMgt
CRICOS code017507M
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Dr Linda McGuire


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This course is designed for managers across all levels of the public sector, in Australia and internationally, who wish to improve service delivery and policy outcomes. Participants may work in the public, not-for-profit or private sector agencies involved in policy and service delivery at intergovernmental, national, regional or local government levels. The course aims to develop managers' practical knowledge and skills to deal with management and policy analysis issues across the spectrum of public sector activities.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross-cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline-based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to master's level in public sector management, policy development and governance


The course has two main components:

  • a set of core units in public policy and management
  • six open electives.

An optional research pathway is available.


Students must complete:

(a.) six core units (36 points):

(b.) two units (12 points) from the following:

  • MGX5261 Human resource management issues
  • MGX5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGX5610 Work and employment relations in a global context
  • MGX5631 International human resource management
  • MGX5670 Leadership
  • MGX5680 Managerial problem solving and decision making
  • MGX5690 Services and operations management
  • MGX9220 Work and employment relations
  • MGX9600 Managing people and organisations
  • MGX9720 Managing organisational change
  • MGX9761 Strategic management
  • MGX9850 Human resource management

(c.) four graduate-level units (24 points) subject to the following conditions:

  • recommended units: MGX5340 International public policy and management and MGX5770 Business and government
  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • students interested in pursuing doctoral (PhD) studies can choose the three-unit research report elective option.

Available units can be identified via the index of units by faculty at or by browsing units at

Additional degree requirements:

  • students can study a maximum of four 9000-level units (24 points).

Research report elective option

The research report option may provide an alternative pathway for students from a course work master's programs into a PhD program. The research report elective option consists of a three unit combination totalling 24 points, and comprises the following units:

  • MGX5000 Introductory management research methods (6 points)
  • MGX5900 Research report (12 points)
  • MGX5901 Research report (introduction) (6 points)

Students intending to enrol in the research report stream require permission. Students must have completed a minimum of 24 points of coursework study, including MGX5000 and achieved a minimum average of 70 per cent, to progress to the research report stream. Students should discuss this option with their course coordinator prior to enrolling.

It is recommended that students consult with the course coordinator to ensure their elective units form a coherent study program.

Progression to further studies

This degree may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students considering a research degree are advised to consult a course coordinator prior to making an application.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Public Policy and Management may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • 1679 Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • 3848 Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Public Policy and Management