Study Possibilities

Masters by Coursework

The majority of scholarships for PNG are offered for studying a Masters by Coursework.

A Masters by Coursework is a postgraduate degree comprising of core units and elective units of study. It involves attending classes, tutorials, participating in group work, and completing compulsory readings and assessments to an agreed timetable.

For more information, please refer to the Applicant Information Booklet.

Research degrees

Australia Awards offer a very limited number of master by research, professional doctorate, and PhD scholarships to support capacity development at PNG higher education and research institutions. (Less than five awards per year.)

Eligibility for research scholarships

  • Currently hold a teaching or research role, and
  • Currently work at a PNG higher education and research institution

For more information, please refer to the Research Scholarship Factsheet.


AAPNG offers a very limited number of undergraduate scholarships each year. Undergraduate awards are restricted to topics that cannot be studied in PNG and/or people living with disability. All undergraduate applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for scholarships, including at least two years of work experience.

For more information please refer to the Undergraduate Scholarship Factsheet .

Six priority sectors

Sector and study priorities reflect the priorities of the PNG-Australia Partnership and the PNG Medium Term Development Plan III.
Course preferences must be justified by applicants in their application. Any study topic within the six priority sectors may be considered, but priority study topics are encouraged. Refer to the Applicant Information Booklet for more information.


Agricultural economics
Aquaculture and marine studies
Climate change studies
Conservation sciences
Food security
Plant science and technology
Soil Science
Supply chain management, supply chain innovation and logistics studies
Sustainable agriculture
Veterinary science


Clinical education
Companion animal studies
Exercise science
facility/infrastructure management
Family and sexual violence prevention
Family planning
Health economics
Health information management
Health management
Health promotion
Immunology, Infection and Microbiology
Infectious diseases
Logistics management
Mental health
Nutrition and dietetics
Occupational health and safety, and environmental health
Occupational therapy and rehabilitative services
Orthotics and prosthetics
Population health
Public health
Sexual and reproductive health
Speech therapy


Clinical education
Climate Change studies
Dietetics and nutrition (for schools)
Digital learning and technology (for teaching)
Education leadership
Exercise and sports science
Health education
Health Promotion for schools
Human movement (sports teaching)
Mathematics teaching
Nutrition and population health for schools
Outdoor and environmental education
Reading and literacy
Science teaching
Secondary education
Special and Inclusive Education
Sports education
Sustainable Development
Teaching Practice

Law & Justice

Commercial Law
Criminology and corrections
Cybersecurity/ Cyber-governance
Employment/Labour Relations Law
Environmental Law
Human Rights Law (including disability)
Forensic science
Intellectual Property Law
Justice and regulation
Maritime policy
Police studies
Security Policy
Security and Strategic Studies
Security management


Banking and finance
Banking and finance law
Business economics
Climate change
Disability policy and practice
Economics and public policy
Electronic business/e-commerce
Construction Law
Environmental design
Environmental engineering and pollution control
Environmental governance
Environmental law and policy
Environmental management
Environmental planning
Environmental and resource economics
Environmental risk assessment and remediation
Governance and leadership
Innovation and Enterprise
Mining/Energy/Resources Law
Risk management
Sustainable built environment
Sustainable development
Sustainability and climate policy

Transport & Infrastructure

Civil engineering
Design Science
Disaster Resilience
Emergency and disaster management
Environmental governance
Environmental planning
Facilities Management
Fire Safety and Risk Engineering
Geographic Information Science
Geology and Geophysics
Health management
Infectious disease intelligence
Integrated Water Management
Marine engineering
Marine and logistics management
Mining engineering
Petroleum engineering and geoscience
Planning; Public health
Sustainable Development
Urban, environment and regional planning;
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Treatment
Water Resource Management

Where can I study?

You can study in a participating Australian institution, which has a course listed on the Commonwealth Register of Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). In your application, you must nominate two course preferences, preferably at two different institutions. Your preferred courses must be relevant to your academic and professional goals and your plans to contribute to development in PNG when you return. You are not allowed to change your course preferences once you have submitted your application.

Participating Institutions

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