Master Degree Courses

Master of Management

The Master of Management is designed to provide managers and those who will become managers with the necessary skills to be effective in the rapidly changing context of work and organisations.  It allows for a solid theoretical and professional foundation in strategically managing human and physical resources.  The course expands on professional development in key areas, including marketing, human resource management, strategic planning, finance systems and leadership and areas of interest or professional need. The course is suitable for managers or intending managers seeking an upgrade of their managerial skills for improved efficiency or promotion.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration focuses on the effective leadership of public organisations. Given current trends in government, the focus is increasingly placed on the role of the manager.  This course will develop core skills in the theory and practice of modern public management; in critical thinking, interpreting data, communication, leadership and teamwork.

Programme Structure

The Programme structure for the Master of Management and Master of Public Administration is as following:

Master of Management (MM)

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Stage I

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economic Principles
  • Politics and Democracy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Finance
Stage I

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economic Principles
  • Politics and Democracy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Finance
Stage II

  • 6261 Marketing G (3cp)
  • 6277 Strategic Management PG (3cp)
  • 6267 Managing Change and Innovation PG(3cp)
  • 6426 Governance in Business and Government PG (3cp)
  • 7777 Organisational Performance  G (3cp)
  • 8557 Policy Report PG (6 cr pts)
  • 8933 Gross National Happiness G (3cp)
Stage II

  • 8558 Public Administration at the Interface PG (3cp)
  • 6268 Public Policy PG (3cp)
  • 6267 Managing Change and Innovation PG(3cp)
  • 6426 Governance in Business and Government PG (3cp)
  • 7777 Organisational Performance  G (3cp)
  • 8557 Policy Report PG (6cp)
  • 8933 Gross National Happiness G (3cp)

Duration of the Programs

Both MPA and MM Stage II can be completed within a year. PGC Foundation Course (Stage I) can be completed within six months

Programme Details:

Further details of the programmes is available at the University of Canberra website:

Unit Details:

Unit details for the stage II is also available at the University of Canberra website:

Policies: Unless otherwise stated, the policies guiding the programmes will be those of the University of Canberra. The UC Policy Documents Database is available at:


Direct Entry to Stage II:

  • A Bachelors Degree with at-least two years of work experience; or
  • RIM Postgraduate (PG) Diploma/Certificate or equivalent
    Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. IELTS score of 6.5 or certificate of language proficiency will be necessary.

Pathway for Fresh Graduates

  • PGC Foundation Course (Stage I, 6 months duration) leading to Master Degree Entry (Stage II)

Student Exchange/Credit Transfer

Students studying in either location (UC Bruce Campus or RIM/ Bhutan) will be given the opportunity to enter an Exchange Program to study up to a maximum of 3 units at the partner institution. It would not entail additional tuition fees. However, such candidates will have to bear the costs of travel and their stay.

Academic Standard

Both MPA and MM Degrees are awarded by University of Canberra (UC), Australia. The quality and standards of the MPA and MM programs delivered in the RIM will be the same as offered in UC campus in Australia.
Student Intake
Maximum of 30 candidates only will be admitted in stage II of MPA and MM. In stage I maximum of 40 candidates will be admitted.

Program Fee and Stipend

The Royal Institute of Management is offering a special introductory fee during the first few cohorts of the MPA and MM. The total course fee per Bhutanese candidate for the stage I is Nu.84,000/- while the fee for stage II of the MPA and MM is Nu.1,95,000.00.
The fee for International students is AUD7200.00 for the stage I and AUD8400.00 for the stage II. The program fee does not include the travel and living expenses.


10 scholarships will be provided to Bhutanese Civil servants for the stage II of MPA & MM. They will be required to route their applications through the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

The first few cohorts of Bhutanese civil service candidates admitted to the Stage II of the MPA and MM on scholarship shall be paid stipend at the rate of Nu.8000 per month.
Application Closing Date

Applications for the programs close on February 20, 2013. Interested candidates may apply for either programs. The application form can be downloaded from RIM website: and must be sent to the Registrar, RIM at  along with the following certified documents:

  1. copy of citizenship card /passport.
  2. copies of the academic transcripts and, if required, its English translation,
  3. copies of awards received and, if required, its English translation,
  4. copy of the proof of English language ability, and
  5. copy of proof of work experience.

Selection status will be communicated as early as possible. Subsequently applicants will have to confirm their admission and pay the fees to be formally enrolled.

Information for International Students

Visa Approval Process:
In order to process the visa for the international students, candidates will be required to submit the following:

  1. Confirmation of Admission
  2. A passport copy
  3. VISA fees of USD20.00 (students from India, Bangladesh and Maldives will be exempted from visa fee)
  4. Confirmation of Funding

Visa application form (which can be down loaded from along with the requirements mentioned above  may be forwarded to the Registrar, Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu, Bhutan ( Following the receipt of the visa application and the specified details, RIM will process the visa with the concerned authorities. Visa can be processed within 2-5 days.


The Royal Institute of Management is situated in Simtokha which is three kilometers away from the main city of Thimphu. The management can help to arrange accommodation at a reasonable rate near the institute or in town. The student can also find accommodation on their own. The rate per flat is approximately AUS $200.00. Limited rooms are available in the RIM executive hostel @AU$150.00 per month subject to availability. The Institute is well connected to the city by city buses and taxi for candidates availing accommodation in the city.


Local currency is ngultrum which is equivalent to Indian rupee. Ngultrum fifty five is approximately equivalent to AUS $1 dollar.


Thimphu is located at 2,200 meters above sea level in west-central Bhutan. Temperatures in Thimphu range from approximately 15 degree centigrade to 26 degree centigrade during monsoon season of June through September. In winter months it ranges from -2 degree centigrade to 16 degree centigrade. Most of the central portion of the country experiences a cool, temperate climate year-round. In the south, a hot, humid climate helps maintain a fairly even temperature range between 15 degree centigrade and 30 degree centigrade year-round.

Further information Other related links
For inquiries on the programs,please contact the following:

Information relating to admissions:

Royal Institute of Management
Telephone No. +975-2-351013/14;

Information relating to program:

Program Director,
Telephone No. +975-2-351013/14

Download MPA course brochureDownload MM course brochure

Course Schedule

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How to apply?

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