Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Professionals in the field of public policy operate in a rapidly changing policy environment, with growing public scrutiny, shrinking resources, and new trans-boundary challenges. The core of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy program provides a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of these changes.

The Public Policy program is designed for those working or seeking to work in government and the public sector, and for those working in non-governmental or private sector bodies who seek a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making. It explores the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels. Major areas of interest include migration, corruption, crisis management, governance and the environment. Students can also take additional classes from across the department’s offerings in international relations, comparative politics, and Australian politics. Many of the units include practical forms of assessment that draw together theoretical insights from the public policy scholarship with empirical examples from the political world.

Graduates will be in a strong position to market themselves in a variety of sectors including local and national government and non-government organisations, as well as within international organisations and the private sector. Public Policy provides the skills for graduates to become more effective administrators, researchers, planners, educators and managers. Possible careers include policy analysts in national, state and local government, advisers to political parties, business groups and trade unions, strategic planners or advisers on government/ business relations, policy experts within non-profit or ‘third sector’ agencies, and international intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp), including the core unit of study (6cp) GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics, plus at least one other core unit of study (6cp) from the designated selection. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the program will gain high-level policy analysis skills preparing them for positions as: Policy analysts in national, state and local government, advisers to political parties, business groups and trade unions, Strategic planners or advisers on government/business relations, Policy experts within non-profit or 'third sector' agencies and international intergovernmental organisations such as the UN.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy requires a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.