Graduate Diploma 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 Graduate Diploma in Public Policy provides a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of these changes. It 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. You will also have an opportunity to 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 public policy scholarship, with empirical examples from the political world.

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 Diploma in Public Policy requires the satisfactory completion of:

(a) 12 credit points of core unit of study; and

(b) 24 credit points from core elective units of study; and

(c) 12 credit points from elective units of study.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 60 percent average calculated over the whole degree with a major in the social sciences, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

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

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

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Additional incidental fees

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International students

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

Potential for inaccuracy

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