single degree

Master of Regulation and Governance

A single 1.5 year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MREGG
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 103373C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MREGG
  • Post Nominal
  • CRICOS code 103373C
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Regulation and Governance requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:

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:

REGN8014 Contemporary Issues in Technology Governance (6 units)

REGN8018 Consumptagenic Systems (3 units)

REGN8019 Biyam-burru-wa-la-nha: Indigenous Peoples and Self-Governing Systems (3 units)

REGN8021 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis for Regulators (3 units)

REGN8022 Governance in a Complex and Uncertain World (6 units)

REGN8023 Governing Global Migration (6 units)

REGN8024 Regulating Nuclear Capabilities (6 units)

REGN8049 Regulating Disruptive Technologies (3 units)

REGN8051 Regulatory Complexity in Asia (3 units)

REGN8054 Corporations, Power, Regulation  (3 units)

REGN8055 Compliance and Defiance (3 units)

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

IDEC8021 The Chinese Economy

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8060 China's Global Engagement

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia

Regulation, Law and Economy

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

REGN8013 Crime, Governance and Security 

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

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

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

Public Policy 

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 Foundations

POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers

POGO8233 Policy Tools and Mixes

POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking (EBT): 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, Society and Policy   

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy 

ENVS6315 Essentials of Environmental Law

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

A maximum of 24 units from completion of a research thesis:

REGN8008 Thesis

REGN8025 Thesis - Part-Time (12-units)

A maximum of 6 units from completion of Experiential courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCPG6004 Creating Impact

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • a Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7
  • a 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
  • a Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7
  • a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • a 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7
  • a 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
  • a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 [150 for MIDEC and MEREC] for Verbal Reasoning, 155 [160 for MIDEC and MEREC] for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 [3.5 for MIDEC and MEREC] 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

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from: (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English language proficiency: 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. In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Credit Granted

Applicants who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Recognition of prior and external learning policy

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Asian studies, criminology, development studies, international relations, law, pacific studies, political science, policy studies, psychology, security studies, sociology

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Regulation and Governance (MREGG) is a unique degree that equips students and their organisations 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. 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. It draws on the evidence-based research and the ‘big ideas’ in regulation and governance for which the ANU's RegNet academics are world famous. MREGG students join an education program at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) that emphasizes interdisciplinary skills-building, our place in Asia and the Pacific, a stimulating curriculum, master classes with distinguished practitioners, global networks and multiple career pathways.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Regulation and Governance is designed to lead into -- or enhance -- careers in regulatory policy, governance and compliance system design locally, nationally and within Asia and the Pacific. Relevant employers include (but are not limited to): Commonwealth and State Attorney-General’s Departments; Federal and State-level policy units, including Behavioural Insight and Better Regulation units and offices; 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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply advanced concepts and theoretical debates to practical challenges in regulation and governance in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, and globally 
  2. Critically interrogate political and social processes of evaluating risk and designing regulatory responses to everyday safety, complex scenarios or catastrophic events 
  3. Map the actors, processes and politics of agenda-setting, rule-formation and standard-setting, norm-diffusion and enforcement by governance institutions in Australia, Asia and the Pacific and globally 
  4. Identify, diagnose, and address emerging regulation and governance issues using a range of interdisciplinary social research methods and principles
  5. Effectively communicate complex issues in regulation and governance to diverse audiences and stakeholders, orally and in writing, using data and evidence 
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