Master of Social Policy

The University of Melbourne

Social policy makers help weave the fabric of our society. They help meld the needs of citizens with the roles of government and not-for-profit service agencies in the areas of employment, income support, education, health and climate change. Social policy combines the disciplines of sociology, politics, criminology, history, economics, geography and philosophy. The Master of Social Policy offers a curriculum that reflects cutting-edge developments in the key fields of social policy such as employment, income support, education, health and climate change. Graduates will be equipped to understand the respective roles of government, private and not for profit sectors in meeting the needs of citizens. In the Master of Social Policy you will have a global focus when exploring social dimensions such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and age. Contemporary social issues will be analysed and students must balance the competing forces of social policy and the economy.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,416
International: $71,898

Entry Requirements:

200 point program: Undergraduate degree in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent. 150 point program: Undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent. 100 point program: Honours degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%; or an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 70%, or equivalent, and at least two years' documented, relevant work experience.


200-point, 150-point and 100-point programs available. Thesis and internship options are available.

Subjects you can Study:

Social policy

Study Pathways:

High-achieving students may be eligible to progress to a PhD.

Who for:

Those seeking careers in social policy design and analysis roles in federal and state government and community sector management

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 2 years
Parkville No info Yes Part time 4 years
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Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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