New master’s degree set to nurture future government leaders

University of Western Australia

A new master’s degree in public policy has been launched by The University of Western Australia.

Designed to nurture future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations aiming to pursue the public interest, the Master of Public Policy examines the way government interacts with the economy and society.

Associate Professor in Political Science Jeannette Taylor said the course will enable future graduates to respond proactively and strategically to public, economic, and social needs.

'The Master of Public Policy is an exciting new offering from WA’s leading university that will give graduates the multi-disciplinary understanding they need to lead the way in shaping economic and social change.

'As well as the opportunity to specialise in either economics or public administration and governance, students on the Master of Public Policy can choose from a wide selection of optional units according to their area of interest. With topics ranging from economic growth and stability, to education and social security, the course integrates theory and practice to enhance knowledge and practical skills.

'The Master of Public Policy is the ideal pathway into senior government roles, including policy officers, analysts, and managers and executives in government departments and agencies. It’s particularly useful for people with a range of skills in other areas, such as science or engineering, and will provide an entry point for professionals in other areas looking to move into government roles.' Ms Taylor said.

The University of Western Australia ranks among the top 1 per cent of universities worldwide. Renowned for its beautiful architecture and riverside location, UWA’s campus is just ten minutes from Perth’s central business district.

The first intake for the Master of Public Policy program is in July, with future admissions every February and July. To learn more, visit or call 6488 3939.