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MR-PUBPOL

Public Policy

Master by research

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  • Qualification
    Master of Philosophy (Public Policy)
  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • CRICOS
    065873B
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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2022

Research Term 2

On campus

2023

Research Term 1

On campus

Research Term 2

On campus

2024

Research Term 1

On campus

Research Term 2

On campus

2025

Research Term 1

On campus

Research Term 2

On campus

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Why study Public Policy at Curtin?

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Outline

Outline

The Master of Philosophy aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis. Upon completion of a master by research degree, you may apply to be considered for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

A higher degree by research differs from other postgraduate degrees in that at least two-thirds of the study program must involve research. Although some coursework units may be required, the main part of your work will be in the form of a thesis written under the guidance of a supervisor and associate supervisor(s). Your thesis must, in the opinion of the examiners, be a substantial original contribution to the knowledge or understanding of any field through the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas. It must also demonstrate your capacity to conceive, design and complete independent research.

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is offered by most schools and departments across Curtin. Each subject area has its own CRICOS code. For further information, please contact the Graduate Research School.

Why research at Curtin

Curtin is widely recognised for applied research firmly focused on solving real-world problems. Underpinning our research endeavours are strong partnerships with industry, business and government, which result in outcomes that greatly benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally. Our international reputation for being a strong partner in industry-driven research ensures our graduates enjoy outstanding opportunities to become innovators in their fields.

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that knowledge and its application
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • Generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • Design, use and evaluate research and research methods
  • Present a coherent and sustained argument and to disseminate research concepts, plans and results to the general community, peers and the national and international research community
  • Design, evaluate implement, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

Professional recognition

Depending on your area of speciality, you may be eligible for membership of various professional organisations upon graduation.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Generally, a bachelor degree with first or second class honours or a postgraduate diploma.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

6.5

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2022

Research Term 2
  • On campus

2023

Research Term 1
  • On campus
Research Term 2
  • On campus

2024

Research Term 1
  • On campus
Research Term 2
  • On campus

2025

Research Term 1
  • On campus
Research Term 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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