Master of Public Policy in Regulation

Welcome to the Master of Public Policy in Regulation (MPP Regulation) – a unique Masters degree by coursework that applies regulation and governance insights to complex public policy challenges.

MPP Regulation students participate in a School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) education program that is distinguished by its interdisciplinary outlook, Asia-Pacific orientation, stimulating curriculum, world-class supervisors, collegiality, global networks and multiple career pathways.

The MPP Regulation covers the implicit and explicit principles, norms, laws, rules and decision-making procedures around which actors’ interests and ideologies converge in areas of national and international regulation. Students will have the opportunity to explore topical issues in regulation including international investment law, trade policy, intellectual property rights, health and health equity, and restorative justice. Through this specialisation, students explore core theories and methodologies that have influenced the study of regulation and global governance. The specialisation considers different approaches that may be used to shape events (regulation) and studies the different actors and institutions who are involved in making things happen (governance).

Whether your background is in anthropology, criminology, development studies, history, international relations, law, political science, psychology, public health, sociology or another social science, this specialization within the Master of Public Policy prepares you for the interdisciplinary challenges of policy work nationally, regionally and globally.

This specialisation is suited to students interested in careers in policy-making and research within national governments, global institutions, and non-governmental organisations.

Internship opportunities

You will have access to several fellowship and internship programs to enhance your professional experience.

Master of Public Policy

Provided By: Crawford School of Public Policy
Duration: 1-2 years (dependent on previous studies)
Units: 96 (16 courses)
CRICOS Code: 082349C

About the degree

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research.

The degree also equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world.

Degree structure

Crawford School offers students the flexibility to undertake a general MPP or choose from a range of specialisations. These specialisations bring the best of the ANU’s expertise in an exciting range of policy areas to the MPP.

Specialisation in Regulation: National and International Regimes

Provided By: School of Regulation and Global Governance in partnership with Crawford School of Public Policy Units: 24 (4 courses)

If students in the Master of Public Policy program take the specialisation ‘Regulation: National and International Regimes’, they can receive a Master of Public Policy in Regulation. In order to do this, a student must take the whole specialisation for 24 units.

Students of the Master of Public Policy who are not taking the whole specialisation can still take individual courses contained in the specialisation if they wish.

Students can be awarded the whole specialisation in retrospect if they find they have completed the relevant courses.

When taking the whole specialisation, students must take one mandatory course for 6 units, and 3 optional courses for 6 units each.

Mandatory (6 units)

  • REGN8052 Regulation and Governance

Optional (18 units)

  • REGN8053 International Investment Treaties: Law, Arbitration and Policy

  • REGN8002 Governance and Social Theory

  • REGN8003 Governance for Health and Health Equity

  • REGN8006 The Politics, Governance and Regulation of Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property

  • REGN8005 Evidenced Based Restorative Justice

  • POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-Corruption

  • POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

View full degree program structure, admission requirements and academic rules information.

This degree is available as part of the Flexible Vertical Double Degree (FVDD) pathway at ANU.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent is required. Minimum GPA 5/7.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit. Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology.

Scholarships and Support

Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students. Find out more about scholarships and support that may be available to you for postgraduate qualification at ANU.

  • What are the advantages of registering in the Master of Public Policy in Regulation?

    By registering in the Master of Public Policy in Regulation you will be able to form supportive and collaborative relationships with a cohort of fellow students which will provide a more enriching graduate student experience. Additionally, students in this cohort will be integrated into the RegNet community, a dynamic group of scholars from different disciplines united by an interest in governance and regulation.

  • Can I take a class offered by the specialisation without registering in the specialisation?

    Absolutely. We encourage you to come and experience the RegNet educational environment.

  • I have completed enough units to satisfy the requirements of the Master of Public Policy in Regulation but never actually registered, can I register retroactively?

    Yes, the Master of Public Policy in Regulation can be awarded retroactively to students who have satisfied the requirements of the specialisation.

  • Do I need a visa to study at the ANU?

    International students are required to have a valid visa at all times. Applying for a visa can be a long process, so please take a look at the information on visas on the ANU website as early as possible.

  • Do I need overseas health cover?

    Yes, all international students are required to purchase overseas health cover (OSHC) in order to obtain a visa. Price of OSHC can vary greatly by providers, so it is worth doing your homework to find the cover that suits you. Compare OSHC benefits and costs at OSHC Australia.

  • What are my housing options in Canberra?

    Please see the Housing Online website (a free service to help ANU staff and students find rental accommodation)

  • What is the cost of living like in Canberra?

    The cost of living in Canberra is quite high relative to other cities in many other countries. There is information on cost of living available on the ANU website which will give you an idea of the cost of everyday items, and housing rental costs in particular.

  • What are the childcare options close to ANU?

    There are a number of childcare providers on university campus. However, due to the high demand in Canberra and particularly at the university childcare centres, if you need childcare during your studies it is best to put your child on a wait list as soon as possible. There are three childcare services on university campus:

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet