Associate Professor Roberta Ryan: One of the really great things about our graduate programs, apart from the fact there designed strongly in consultation with the local government sector, they’re delivered by senior local government professionals, people who've been there, know that and we’re very strongly underpinned by the latest thinking in all of these areas.
Todd Hopwood, Master of Local Government student: I found the Masters a great course. It doesn't feel like an undergraduate degree. I’ve done undergraduate degree’s before, I feel like I’m part of the conversation with the teachers, talking about problems and solutions and with our fellow students, rather than just sitting there and being lectured to an and taking down notes and passing an exam.
Bligh Grant, Senior Lecturer: We are able to provide a sectoral overview of where local government fits in as a part of Australia’s economy and that's a very very important thing. So we tool up people to think of local government from a broader perspective and we give them the technical skills to implement processes by which they can improve local government.
Associate Professor Roberta Ryan: One of the things that's very distinctive about the offer here at the Centre is that it is a tailored programme for local government professionals and we really understand the particular challenges that local government professionals face.
Tod Hopwood, Master of Local Government student: The key advantages I’ve brought back to work from doing the course is different ways of looking at issues that we all face in local government. Through the course we often have sessions where we work together in small groups of 10 or 12 people in the course and we all work in local government so we talk about different ways of solving the same problems we have, so I take those attitudes and those approaches back to work, which has been really beneficial.
Bligh Grant, Senior Lecturer: We are the only place in Australia that provides that specific focus, that specific lens, through which to examine the polity of Australia, the economy of Australia, the gender of Australia. Everything is through local government; that’s our focus.
Associate Professor Roberta Ryan: There's a major national debate on about what share of tax revenues all levels of government should get, and local government really has to position itself into that debate. This is a time where local government, there’s huge opportunities for local government to step up and be really well prepared to speak for themselves, and to really have clear views about the kinds of role that local government can play in our federation, and in the leadership of our country.
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Local Government Postgraduate Courses
The UTS Centre for Local Government, part of the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance, is the only university unit in Australia, and one of a few worldwide, that designs, develops and delivers courses that are tailor-made to the education, training and development needs of professionals and elected representatives in the local government sector.
Our degree courses are developed after extensive local government consultation and are designed to make maximum benefit of the knowledge gained from the Centre's concurrent research and consultancy activities. Our courses provide the most up-to-date knowledge on local government, from Australia and around the world. Sessions are presented by expert practitioners who work, in or with local councils.
Flexible course delivery and learning environment
Our courses are offered in an interactive workshop style, and students typically remark on the real benefits of shared learning with a group of local government colleagues. Both part-time and full-time study is available, and students can prepare a personal study plan to match the requirements of their career and other commitments.
Not in Sydney?
Even if you don't reside in Sydney, you can still study with us. Our flexible block-delivery means you only need to attend face-to-face study for five to six days per subject each session (semester). The face-to-face sessions are usually in two blocks of consecutive days (two or three days each block, usually one to two months apart). The remainder of the session you will be actively involved in self-directed study and online discussions with your fellow students. Read more and see sample programs.
What do students think of our courses?
Find out what students say about our courses by reading some recent student testimonials.
Our Postgraduate Degrees
Unique in Australia, this program is aimed at tomorrow’s local government leaders. It provides graduates with the knowledge to better understand the issues, build skills and to rise to leadership in the workplace.
This program focuses on organisational management in a local government environment. Learn about what local government is, what it does, and how it can perform better in order to deliver quality outcomes for your community.
Through this program, students learn to rise to leadership in the context of local government. Importantly, you will gain insights into the role of local government in shaping and building places and communities.
This course builds capacity for delivering better planning and building outcomes through more effective development assessment. It is designed for those seeking to become leaders in the field.
What if I just want to study one subject without enrolling in a degree?
Not certain you want to enrol into a postgraduate degree quite yet? We also offer a extensive range of professional development short courses which can provide a pathway to our postgraduate awards. Students who successfully camplete one (or more) of our eligible short courses may be able to gain credit towards our postgraduate degrees. For more information please contact us.
Fees and Scholarship opportunities
For more information on fees visit the UTS Course Fees site.
You may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme if you are a domestic full tuition fee-paying student. See details here
UTS:IPPG Postgraduate Scholarship
Designed to support commencing UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance Master students, the $5,000 UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance Postgraduate Scholarship is open for applications in both sessions.
How to Apply
If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or a humanitarian visa holder you can lodge your application quickly and easily online directly to UTS. Visit the UTS Postgraduate Admissions page to learn about how to apply and submit your application.
Main application closing dates:
- Autumn session (March start): 31 January.
- Spring session (July start): 30 June.
Note: Applications can be made after the main closing date and will be considered subject to availability of places.
Visit the International Students Applying to UTS page for full instructions on how to apply.
If you have any questions or wish to request an application package please contact us by email or telephone:
UTS Centre for Local Government / Institute for Public Policy and Governance
Academic Programs Officer
Tel: +61 2 9514 7884
UTS Alumni Advantage
Are you a UTS graduate, or about to become one, and thinking of further study? UTS alumni and students who complete a degree or award qualification at UTS will automatically save 10% on eligible degree programs through the UTS Alumni Advantage program. The saving applies to full fee paying degrees and courses.
For further information visit alumni.uts.edu.au/advantage.