Master of Technology Governance
Influence the future of technology across all sectors
Tackle complex questions around disruptive technology. You’ll study frameworks to govern big issues like machine learning and synthetic biology. Explore the landscape across government and business. Work towards equitable solutions.
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- Demonstrate deep understanding of regulatory and governance systems for technology, as well as the political and social dimensions of those systems.
- Gain comprehensive knowledge of current and proposed methods for governing technoscientific innovation, including an appreciation of their distinct strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks.
- Understand how institutions approach the governance of critical, disruptive and emerging technologies.
- Apply theories from regulatory governance, science and technology studies and new transdisciplinary paradigms to the practical challenges of technology governance in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and globally.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand and synthesise diverse sources of information and to develop clear arguments, delivered orally and in writing and supported by data and evidence
The Master of Technology Governance is designed for working professionals and recent graduates seeking to advance their careers in data governance, digital transformation and technological change. It provides skills that are transferable to legislative and regulatory affairs, policy design and analysis, industry, civil society and advocacy. Relevant employers include Commonwealth and State Digital Transformation Departments; Federal and State-level policy units, including Better Regulation units; Compliance and Enforcement offices; and organisations supporting cybersecurity and privacy, data protection and governance, digital economic activities and health and consumer safety.
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.
• Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
• 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; or
• Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
• Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
• 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
• 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; or
• 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.
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.
English Proficiency Requirements
Academic achievement & English language proficiency
The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.
However, 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.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
anthropology, Asian studies, applied data studies, criminology, cybernetics, development studies, international relations, law, Pacific studies, political science, policy studies, psychology, security studies, sociology
Technology has changed everyday life—in business, in government, at home and at work. Although the rapid growth of digital and physical technologies is full of promise, it also presents risks. Maximising the benefits of digital transformation and innovation requires a new generation of leaders working across public, private and nonprofit sectors.
The Master of Technology Governance is a forward-looking degree that addresses these new and pressing societal challenges. It equips students with the analytic and practical skills to assess and responsibly manage the opportunities and dangers of critical, disruptive and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, fintech and RegTech. The curriculum, comprised of both conceptual and applied courses, offers many opportunities to evaluate and design best practices across domains of commerce, digital identity, food systems, government services, justice, public health and security.
Taught by experts based at the world-renowned School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), the Master of Technology Governance is a rich transdisciplinary training experience. Students learn how to combine evidence-informed regulatory frameworks with cutting-edge research to analyse real-world problems. By integrating different disciplines and perspectives, graduates are uniquely positioned to assess and respond to complex issues that resonate now and in the future.
Recommended Study Pattern
The 1.5 year degree of multi-modal delivery, requires the completion of 72 units.
The Master of Technology Governance requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:
12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
- REGN8014 Contemporary Issues in Technology Governance (6 units)
- REGN8049 Regulating Disruptive Technologies (3 units)
- REGN8054 Corporations, Power, Regulation (3 units)
A minimum of 6 units from completion of the following courses on policy governance
- REGN8050 Policy and Practice of Regulation (6 units)
- REGN8052 Regulation and Governance (6 units)
A minimum of 18 units from completion of the following courses on regulation and governance:
- REGN8001 Methods in Interdisciplinary Research (6 units)
- REGN8002 Governance and Social Theory (6 units)
- REGN8021 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis for Regulators (3 units)
- REGN8022 Governance in a Complex and Uncertain World (6 units)
- REGN8024 Regulating Nuclear Capabilities (6 units)
- REGN8051 Regulatory Complexity in Asia (3 units)
- REGN8055 Compliance and Defiance (3 units)
A minimum of 6 units from completion of the following technology and society courses:
- HUMN8028 Digital Culture and Society - Critical Theories and Methodologies
- HUMN8029 Digital Humanities and Public Culture - Issues and Debates
- LAWS8341 Work and the Gig Economy
- LAWS8405 Artificial Intelligence, Law & Society
- NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security
- POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy
A maximum of 30 units from completion of elective courses from the following list:
Applied Research and Practice
INFS7040 Digital Transformation
INFS8004 Enterprise Systems and Strategy
INFS8205 Digital Strategy, Executive and Operations
MGMT7020 Technology and Project Management
REGN8009 Regulation and Governance Research Project
REGN8012 Special Topics in Regulation and Governance
REGN8057 Regulation and Governance Research and Practice Clinic
CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
INTR8045 Global Governance
REGN8005 Restorative Justice in the World
REGN8013 Crime, Governance and Security
REGN8018 Governing Consumptagenic Systems
REGN8019 Biyam-burru-wa-la-nha: Indigenous Peoples and Self-Governing Systems
REGN8023 Governing Global Migration
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
INTR8080 Global Ethics
NSPO8008 Ethical Challenges for National Security
NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War
POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics
POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
SCOM6031 Science Risks and Ethics
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
NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and National Security
NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security
NSPO8044 Energy Security
New Technologies Law
LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law
LAWS8077 Cyber Law
LAWS8101 Blockchain & Legal Innovation I
LAWS8102 Blockchain & Legal Innovation II
LAWS8402 Media Law
LAWS8407 International Economic Law and the Digital Economy
LAWS8445 Information Technology Law
Nuclear Technology Regulation
ENGN8100 Introduction to Systems Engineering
LAWS8316 Nuclear Security Law
PHYS8201 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
PHYS8202 Reactor Science
PHYS8204 Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation
PHYS8205 Nuclear Fuel Cycle
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers
POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes
POGO8236 Policy Strategy
POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking: Decision Making and Policy Development
NSPO8047 How Canberra Works: A Guide for Security Policymakers
SOCR8202 Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy
A maximum of 6 units from completion of experiential courses:
- ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A
- VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity
- VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
- VCPG6004 Creating Impact
The 1.5 year degree of multi-modal delivery, requires the completion of 72 units