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C04257v1 Master of Local Government

Award(s): Master of Local Government (MLG)
CRICOS code: 087647G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Master of Local Government provides professionals, managers and leaders in local government with an advanced body of knowledge and skills to reflect critically on theory and practice. This enables them to apply this knowledge in their roles in strategic thinking, planning and shaping local communities.

The course provides graduates with an evidence-based learning approach to build a high level of influence and leadership in their local government workplace. The course, which is informed by the research and capacity-building activities of the UTS Centre for Local Government, provides an interdisciplinary program with teaching and learning activities ranging across and beyond the faculty. An education program is developed to match the requirements of each participant's individual requirements, and subjects can be studied through intensive block release or in some cases through online delivery mode.

Course aims

The education and professional development provided through the Master of Local Government aims to meet individual needs and provide opportunities for local government practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills, underpinned with a strong foundation in public service and democratic values and principles. On completion of the course, graduates have a sound understanding of current issues in local government and in diverse communities, as well as an ability to relate this knowledge back to their own workplaces. They gain research and scholarship competencies that allow them to continue their own professional development through short courses or further academic study, including at doctoral level.

Career options

The course is highly suited to professionals wishing to progress their careers as senior managers and leaders of local councils. It is also highly recommended for public administrators and policymakers from other tiers of government, and managers from the non-government sector who partner on a regular basis with local government and wish to better understand the principles and practices of local governance.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Attitudes and values
A.1 Ability to demonstrate an appreciation of the relevance of public service and public value to local government theory and practice.
A.2 Ability to demonstrate an appreciation of values and ethics and their application to local government practice in a variety of jurisdictions.
A.3 Ability to reflect on one's personal views and values and understand how they might affect one's professional judgement and practice.
C.0 Communication and groupwork
C.1 Ability to present, and invite feedback on, complex arguments and ideas.
C.2 Ability to deliver an engaging and informed oral presentation.
C.3 Ability to demonstrate an understanding of communication methods and contexts relevant to local government
C.4 Ability to communicate with people with a wide variety of cultural, social, economic, and political perspectives.
I.0 Innovation and creativity
I.1 Ability to question, challenge and develop new perspectives on current local domestic and international practice.
I.2 Ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems based on research and evaluation
I.3 Ability to demonstrate innovative approaches to local governance, management and/or leadership practices.
P.0 Practical and professional
P.1 Demonstrated understanding of local government principles and practices.
P.2 Demonstrate and apply understanding of contemporary theories of governance, management and/or leadership.
P.3 Ability to think strategically about the future of cities and regions and understand the social, cultural, economic, and political drivers of change.
R.0 Research and critique
R.1 Ability to critically engage with diverse bodies of knowledge about local governance underpinned by scholarly attribution practices.
R.2 Ability to undertake applied research to inform governance, management and/or leadership practice.
R.3 Capacity to develop informed arguments and rationales relating to current issues in local government.
R.4 Ability to apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks to local domestic and international practice.
R.5 Ability to critically investigate local government practices in other jurisdictions and international contexts.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent, or higher qualification, or
  • a UTS Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management with a credit average, or
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership with a credit average, or
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Development Assessment with a credit average.

Applications based on a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent or higher qualification must provide the following:

  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) addressing their reasons for wanting to undertake the Master of Local Government, and
  • a CV clearly articulating local government sector-related work with a minimum experience of five years.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on their ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of five years' relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating relevant experience
  • a Personal Statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study the Master of Local Government. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time or three-year, part-time basis in block mode.

Course structure

Students must complete 72 credit points made up of 36 credit points of core subjects and 36 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM90795 Core subjects (Local Government) 36cp
CBK90877 Options 36cp
Total 72cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program of study. Students can exit this course after completing:

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance
email Academic Programs Officer
telephone + 61 2 9514 1659