Welcome to the Melbourne School of Government: generating knowledge and bold policy solutions; leading informed, independent debate; and inspiring those working in and with government.

WHO WE ARE

The Melbourne School of Government is a whole of University interdisciplinary School, harnessing the resources of the University to create and deliver new Masters Programs, Research@MSoG, executive education and international partnerships.

The Melbourne School of Government provides a platform for informed, independent debate on contemporary issues of great significance to the future of Australia and our region.

By bringing together expertise from across the University and various disciplines including, but not limited to, economics, political science, international relations, sociology, development studies, philosophy and law, the School seeks to unite policy makers, industry leaders and citizens through ideas that are both actionable and that provide lasting solutions.

MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

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Through the Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne aims to create a new global community of scholars, policy makers, industry leaders and members of the public. Wherever they are, members of this new community engage in an exciting conversation about how best we might shape our global future.

The Melbourne School of Government brings together disciplinary expertise from across the University and combines it with the knowledge and skills of practitioners from politics and government. Together, this vibrant community works to generate workable and shared solutions to the most significant policy and governance challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Government engages in innovative inter-disciplinary teaching and research. Our programs inspire and nurture future leaders from Australia, our region and the world. We support students and graduates to pursue new ideas, take wiser decisions and build more effective public institutions.

The foundation disciplines for the Melbourne School of Government are political science, economics and law. In these three fields, The University of Melbourne boasts long traditions, producing distinguished graduates including Prime Ministers and Premiers, public service leaders and many distinguished citizens in business and the wider community.

The Melbourne School of Government is also responsive to the breadth of public questions facing society. Through every discipline within the University, from architecture to zoology, public questions are asked and debated. The School draws on the comprehensive character of a university with deep expertise in many knowledge areas, to talk about how academics can better contribute to public conversations, and societies' collective wisdom.

The Melbourne School of Government creates a unique opportunity to more effectively exploit our teaching and research strengths in the economics and business aspects of public policy. By collaborating we can begin to explore interdisciplinary solutions to pressing multi-dimensional public policy problems in areas like ageing and health, food security, resources taxation, population growth and urban planning.

Professor Paul Kofman
Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics

This new international institution creates a unique place for innovative research and practice informed by the best that disciplines like law, economics, political science and philosophy have to offer. Our vision for the School is for it to be engaged in the places and programs where the contemporary public sector is being challenged to answer the big questions of the new century. Our focus on partnerships with key organisations and individuals will enable our students, researchers and industry affiliates to help shape the School’s agenda.

Professor Mark Considine
Dean, Faculty of Arts

Melbourne Law School has actively contributed to public policy debate since its inception and our graduates have held the highest offices in law, politics and the public service. We look forward to working with our partner faculties on interdisciplinary approaches to providing outstanding teaching and research on issues of critical importance to public policy for Australia and for our region.

Professor Carolyn Evans
Dean, Melbourne Law School

OUR STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.

  • The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business and Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission
  • The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy
  • The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement
  • The School has a multifaculty Executive Management Group overseeing its activities
  • The School’s work will be supported by an external advisory board comprised of leading figures from the worlds of government, industry and the not-for-profit sector

SCHOOL FACILITIES

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The Melbourne School of Government is housed in Walter Boas (Building 163) which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the School are delivered in cutting edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities

Collaborative work and social spaces enable you to network, exchange ideas and socialise with others, as well as build a strong cohort experience. Facilities include dedicated teaching and event spaces, and study and meeting rooms.