Master of Policy Studies

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

Do you want to have more impact on policy? Are you keen to increase your knowledge of current policy debates, or learn how policy processes work and how to conduct policy research? Perhaps you're hoping to move into a policy position or expand your policy role?
The Master of Policy Studies aims to generate tangible change in educational and social services. Academic 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 that will allow you to examine social policy frameworks and processes in a global context; consider theories of organisational management and administration; and learn about the ways in which organisations operate as learning committees and manage responses to cultural change. 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.

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

Master of Policy Studies students are required to complete 48 credit points (cp) (8 units of study) which comprises 12cp (2 units of study) of core units and 36cp (6 units of study) of elective units to be chosen from the Policy Studies unit of study table.

Progression rules

A candidate may complete the requirements for the degree of Master of Policy Studies by selecting and completing a total of 48 credit points (cp) (8 units of study) which comprises of 12cp (2 units of study) of core units and 36cp (6 units of study) of elective units.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates may complete a dissertation (12 credit points) (cp), special project (12cp) over two semesters, and/or an authorised independent study requiring a report (6cp) over one semester on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon the completion of the Master of Policy Studies, educators, social workers and human services providers will be equipped with skills to move into a policy position, expand their policy role, have more impact on policy. understand current policy debates, how policy processes work and how to conduct policy research.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the faculty is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher research degrees are available within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy , Doctor of Education , Doctor of Social Work , Master of Philosophy in Education , Master of Philosophy in Social Work , and Master of Education (Research) .

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit us http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/professional_learning/index.shtml to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies, the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies and the Master of Policy Studies requires:
(a) the Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers; or
(b) the Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(c) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualification, and at least three years’ relevant work experience in the human services field; or
(d) in the case of the Graduate Diploma, completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(e) in the case of the Master’s degree, completion of the embedded Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in June. 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, 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 Master of Policy Studies.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of 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.