Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies

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

The Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies is designed for policy practitioners, educators, and human service providers in the fields of education, social and community services and health. The course aims to generate tangible change in educational and social services. Our teaching staff are experts in the fields of education and social services and have been actively involved in policy processes in their area. You can choose from a range of units of study concerning issues that include social policy process, organisational culture and change, and globalisation and education. The course is distinctive in its attention to international policy trends, and is undertaken through international comparative analyses of policy debates and changes relating to human service organisations. Subject to meeting progression requirements in the graduate diploma, you may apply to transfer to the Master of Policy Studies.

Course outline

Candidates are required to complete a total of 36 credit points (cp), including: a minimum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of core units; and a maximum of 6 cp (1 unit of study) of elective units offered by other faculties. The balance consists of elective units.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies has been designed specifically for people working in the fields of education, social work, and the human services who want to move into a policy position, expand their policy role or conduct policy research.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature requires: (i) a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers and either relevant postgraduate studies or one year’s full-time professional experience in the human services field; or (ii) a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either relevant postgraduate studies or one year’s full-time professional experience in the human services field; or (iii) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline and either relevant postgraduate studies or at least two years’ relevant work experience in the human services field.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for Semester 1 (March) close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for Semester 2 (July) close on the last working day in June.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply (i) online directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies.

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.