School of Government

Postgraduate Study

Honour's Programme

Please note that from 2015, the School of Government will no longer be accepting new enrolments for the Honour's degree in Public Policy.

An Honour's degree demonstrates that you have the intellectual ability and can work well under pressure. The Honours course of study provides an understanding of theoretical approaches to policy analysis and develops a student’s ability to apply this knowledge in addressing particular policy problems. Our Honours graduates have well developed research skills, are effective written communicators, and have an awareness of the workings of government, including its relationship with the private sector.

Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Commerce

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Commerce are flexible qualifications designed for commerce graduates who want to move into a new area of specialisation, and for graduates in other areas, such as art and science, who want to gain a commerce qualification.

The Certificate is equivalent to one trimester of full-time study. The Diploma is equivalent to two trimesters of full-time study, although it may take longer depending on the sequencing of the courses or the specialisation chosen.

Graduate Diploma in Arts

The Graduate Diploma in Arts is a qualification enabling students to specialise at an advanced level in areas not included in their BA. It may be used as a transitional qualification providing a pathway from a BA to the BA(Hons) degree in a specific area.

The Diploma is a one-year full-time or up to four-year part-time programme of study.

Master of Commerce (MCom) / Master of Arts (MA) Programmes

The School of Government has two Master's by thesis degrees in Public Policy: a Master of Commerce (MCom) and a Master of Arts (MA). Students may select between the MCom and MA programmes on the basis of their prior study at Honours level.

The MCom or MA can be undertaken as a one-year full-time Master's thesis programme, and should be completed within a maximum of 18 months (MCom) or 30 months (MA). Part-time students can take the programme over two years, with a maximum completion time of three years (MCom) or five years (MA). The thesis is a 120-point thesis, equivalent to four full-year papers.

PhD Programme

The PhD thesis is a major piece of original and independent research that provides an opportunity to make a significant contribution to a particular discipline, which is then evaluated on international standards.

The Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) provides the first port of call for all students interested in enrolling in a PhD at Victoria University. The Faculty website provides application forms, details of available funding, application dates and answers to a host of questions. The FGR continues to provide support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria University.

Doctor of Government (DGov)

To find out more about the DGov, please contact:

Dr Amanda Wolf
Director, Graduate Research Programmes
Phone: (04) 463 5712
Email: address