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Master of Arts in Government (Research) - 920AA

Course Code: 920AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society
CRICOS Code: 058968J
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Use research to explore your chosen area of government

The Master of Arts in Government (Research) allows you to develop relevant research skills through a carefully designed program which includes a dissertation and relevant choice of coursework units. You will undertake advanced study and reflection on practice in the fields of public sector management, politics and public policy, drawing on your previous professional experience in government, while expanding your skills and expertise.

In your dissertation, you can choose to investigate either a purely theoretical subject matter, or one based on current and real issues in the area of government. Completion of this highly professional course will see you make an original contribution to knowledge and research in this important field, ready to progress to the next stage of your career. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Arts in Government (Research) at UC and you will:

  • undertake coursework that develops knowledge and skill in research methodology and research methods
  • develop the research, writing and analysis skills which enable you to produce a dissertation which is an original and significant contribution to the relevant literature and/or professional practice
  • prepare a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and forms an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular professional issue
  • initiate closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with public administration and public policy.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a key component of this postgraduate course, and in your dissertation, you will be encouraged to use your existing employment knowledge to undertake new academic research in the study of a professional problem in the field of government, engaging regularly with industry over the course of your studies.

Career opportunities

  • Sessional academic
  • Research officer
  • Research fellow
  • Research services officer
  • Public servant
  • Policy officer
  • Project officer
  • Board member
  • Senior analyst
  • Program director
  • Strategic adviser
  • Consultant
  • Indigenous program director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Social impact assessment consultant
  • Indigenous program director
  • International diplomat
  • International project director
  • Campaign manager
  • International consultant
  • Journalist
  • International development worker
  • International aid worker
  • Community development educator

Course-specific information

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Arts in Government (Research) program, the University must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements:

  1. holds a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field which is of sufficient quality to gain entry into an honours program, or has completed a bachelor's degree with honours
  2. demonstrates capacity and/or aptitude for research
  3. provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically.

A requirement for proceeding to the research component of the degree is completion of the coursework component, along with the acceptance and approval of a research proposal and research plan by the course convener.

Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.

Enquiries

Current & Prospective Students
Faculty of Business, Government and Law BGLHDR@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Before a candidate is admitted to the Master of Arts in Government program the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements: a. holds a bachelor degree in a relevant field which is of sufficient quality to gain entry into an honours program, or has completed a bachelor's degree with honours;
b. demonstrates capacity and/or aptitude for research;and
c. provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically.

A requirement for proceeding to the research component of the degree is completion of the coursework component of the degree and the acceptance and approval of a research proposal and research plan by the course convener.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Arts in Government MA Govt

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 $22,300 $27,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
The objectives of the Master of Arts in Government course are to enable researchers to make a contribution to the three discipline fields through:

a. Coursework that develops knowledge and skill in research methodology and research methods;
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b. Development of research, writing and analysis skills which enable students to produce a dissertation which constitutes an original and significant contribution to the relevant literature and/or to professional practice; .
c. Preparation of a substantial dissertation which adds to existing knowledge and constitutes an in-depth investigation and analysis of a particular professional issue or set of issues; and .
d. Bridging the gap between theory and practice by developing closer links between the University and senior professionals in fields associated with public sector management and related disciplines. .

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twelve semesters

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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