Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Course code1065
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


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 AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credits or exemptions up to a maximum of 24 credit points may be granted for a honours degree level qualification in a relevant discipline.*

* Relevant disciplines include any major within management, business, economics or upon approval of the course coordinator.

Maximum credit allowed

48 credit points


The course has three main components:

  • six core units
  • two management elective units
  • four electives.

An optional research pathway is available.


Students must complete:

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

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

  • MGF5610 People management and work in a global context
  • MGX5261 Human resource management issues
  • MGX5551 Strategic human resource management
  • MGX5631 International human resource management
  • MGX5670 Leadership
  • MGX5680 Managerial problem solving and decision making
  • MGX5690 Services and operations management
  • MGX5920 Work and employment relations
  • MGX5960 Managing people and organisations
  • MGX5972 Managing organisational change
  • MGX5976 Strategic management
  • MGX5985 Human resource management

(c.) one of the following options (24 points):

(i.) 24 points of elective units subject to the following conditions:

  • a maximum of 12 points may be taken from other faculties

Recommended electives:

  • MGF5340 International public policy and management
  • MGX5770 Business and government

Elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5. Students must be able to meet any unit prerequisites.

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

(ii.) the following research pathway* units:

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

* 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.

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