Climate change. Geoeconomics. Digital transformation. Injustice. Social inequality. Indigenous governance. All emerging and complex challenges in the 21st century require profound knowledge and understanding of regulation and governance.
Regulation and governance are pervasive and we encounter both every day. How do we tackle questions of risk, safety, access and equity, national security and social wellbeing in ways that are effective, legitimate and fair?
Why choose this degree?
The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) is a unique degree that equips students and their organisations with the knowledge and skills to navigate environments where complexity, catastrophic risk, and transformative technologies are reshaping the ways in which we govern and regulate. Graduates from this program will be working in - or will join - government or private sector organisations charged with designing and applying regulatory policy solutions to pressing social problems, often in partnership with diverse stakeholders.
This program will be delivered a multi-modal format, both in person and online.
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The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) is designed to lead into – or enhance – careers in regulatory policy and governance and compliance system design, whether locally, nationally and within Asia and the Pacific. Graduates from this program will be working in - or will join government or private sector organisations charged with designing and applying regulatory policy solutions to pressing social problems, often in partnership with diverse stakeholders.
Relevant employers include (but are not limited to):
- Commonwealth and State Departments dealing with justice, environment, families, housing, Indigenous Australians;
- Federal and State-level regulatory policy units (e.g. Behavioural Insight and Better Regulation);
- Compliance and Enforcement offices in fields such as environment, health, and worker and consumer safety;
- Policing and corrections institutions;
- Multilateral organisations;
- NGOs and advocacy organisations;
- International development programs delivering governance reform projects.
Skills and expertise
For the last 20 years, the School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet)’s interdisciplinary scholars have focused on improving the regulation and governance of major social, justice, environmental, economic and health issues. The Master of Regulation and Governance draws on deep empirical scholarship and policy experience whilst offering students a comprehensive and holistic view of contemporary social problems.
It draws on the evidence-based research and the ‘big ideas’ in regulation and governance for which the RegNet academics are world famous. MREGG students join an education program at RegNet that emphasises interdisciplinary skills-building, our place in Asia and the Pacific, a stimulating curriculum, master classes with distinguished practitioners, global networks and multiple career pathways.
Unparalleled academic expertise
The School of Regulation and Governance (RegNet) is home to world renowned researchers and regulatory practitioners who have produced many of the ground breaking and data-informed ideas that drive much of the contemporary regulatory governance in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and globally.
Strong connections with regulators and hands-on experience tackling real world problems (Regulation and Governance Clinic)
The Regulation and Governance Clinic, the first of its kind within Australia, offers students the opportunity to partner with regulators from local state or federal government, private business or not-for-profit organizations who manage pressing regulatory challenges. Over the course of approximately 12 weeks, students will have the opportunity to work alongside professional regulators and policymakers to generate key inputs that will help determine the solutions implemented.
Asia and the Pacific Focus
The School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) has a strong focus on Asia and the Pacific – the region which increasingly shapes the strategic, political and economic direction of our world. The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) has elective courses and case studies from Asia and the Pacific, taught by experts who share their deep understanding of practical challenges in regulation and governance within the region.
Innovation through Interdisciplinary Engagement
This Master’s program will expose students to emerging fields of regulation and governance, including the intersection of technology and regulation; the challenge of regulating global business; Indigenous governance; environmental governance; the regulatory rise of Asia; and geo-economics.
Strong interdisciplinary network
As a student of the Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) you will benefit from having a close collegial relationship with a community of leading interdisciplinary scholars and access to a longstanding global network of alumni, practitioners and researchers with rich and diverse experience.
Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in the concepts, processes, institutions and practice of regulation and governance. Elective courses provide case-studies, simulations and clinics in which to examine domains such as climate, crime, environment, health, Indigenous Australia, justice, safety, technology and urban design. All the courses are interactive and ask how regulation and governance is created and by whom - and for what purpose, with an emphasis on how to better anticipate catastrophe, manage risk and provide equitable social outcomes.
Students will gain a deep understanding of key concepts, theoretical debates and practical challenges in regulation and governance in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and globally. Through the program they will understand the political and social processes of evaluating risk and designing regulatory responses to everyday safety, complex scenarios or catastrophic events.
The Graduate Certificate of Regulation and Governance will be delivered in a multi-modal format, both in person and online.
This program comprises 72 units: 36 units of compulsory courses covering theory, research skills and applied master classes, and a maximum of 36 units of electives.
Core courses provide students with a foundational understanding of the concepts, processes, institutions and practice of regulation and governance.
Elective courses provide case-studies, simulations and clinics which focus on topics such as climate, crime, environment, the economy, health, Indigenous Australia, justice, safety, technology and urban design.
All the courses are interactive and analyse how regulation is created, including by whom and for what purpose, with an emphasis on how to better anticipate new governance challenges and to deliver fair and equitable social outcomes. It draws on the evidence-based research and the ‘big ideas’ in regulation and governance for which the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)’s academics are world famous.
A minimum of 12 units from completion of the following theory courses:
- REGN8002 Governance and Social Theory
- REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World
- REGN8052 Regulation and Governance
A minimum of 6 units from completion of the following research skills courses:
- REGN8001 Methods in Interdisciplinary Research
- REGN8009 Regulation and Governance Research Project
- REGN8012 Special Topics in Regulation and Governance
- REGN8057 Regulation and Governance Research and Practice Clinic
A minimum of 18 units from completion of applied master classes from the following list: (all 3 unit courses)
- REGN8019 Biyam-burru-wa-la-nha: Indigenous Peoples and Self-Governing Systems
- REGN8018 Consumptagenic Systems
- REGN8021 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis for Regulators
- REGN8049 Regulating Disruptive Technologies
- REGN8051 Regulating Asia
- REGN8054 Global Business Regulation
- REGN8055 Compliance and Defiance
- REGN8056 Complexity, Catastrophe and Resilience
A maximum of 36 units from completion of applied courses from the following list:
Governance in Asia
- ASIA8011 Rethinking Northeast Asia: Region, Culture and Society
- ASIA6030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia
- INTR8045 Global Governance
- INTR8060 China’s Global Engagement
- INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations
- INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia
Regulation and Law
- LAWS8254 Business, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility
- LAWS8264 International Law of the Environment
- LAWS8403 #Metoo and the Law
- LAWS8407 Digital Economies and the Law
- LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions
Conflict, Development and Governance
- ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific
- EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
- LAWS8001 Introduction to Law, Governance and Development
- POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes
National and Regional Security
- INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific
- NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking
- NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management
- NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and National Security
- NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security
- NSPO8044 Energy Security
Data Analysis and Methods
- SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists
- SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis
- SOCR8006 Online Research Methods
- SOCR8008 Qualitative data collection
- SOCR8009 Quantitative data collection
Negotiation and Communication Skills
- DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy
- DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication
Cross Cultural Communication
- INDG8001 Indigenous Peoples and Development in Australia: principles and practices for Indigenous-led change
- INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change
- POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics
- POGO8044 Global Social Policy
- POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
- POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
- POGO8137 Public Administration: Legal and Organisational Foundations
- POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers
- POGO8233 Policy Tools and Mixes
- POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking: Decision Making and Policy Development
- POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy
- REGN8050 The Policy and Practice of Regulation
Environmental Policy and Governance
- EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
- EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
- ENVS6307 Climate Change Science and Policy
- ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy
A maximum of 24 units from completion of a research thesis:
A maximum of 6 units from completion of Experiential courses:
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
- Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
- Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
- 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 or Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
View the full program and admission requirements here.