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 core of the 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.

Further course information

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.

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 Diploma in Public Policy requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree with a major in the social sciences, from the University of Sydney, 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

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Annual review

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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

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.