Master of Public Policy
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Public Policy is primarily intended for those who serve, or seek to serve, in government. You will be able to develop an understanding of the political, social, economic and organisational processes that shape, change and limit public policy programs.
Major areas of interest include policy analysis, organisational behaviour, and issues management. The Master of Public Policy will enable you to gain high-level policy analysis skills that will prepare you for work in a variety of positions. They 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.
Students must undertake one core compulsory unit (Policy Making, Power and Politics) and may in addition choose from an array of core electives such as Governance and Civil society; Leadership in Theory and Practice and International Public Management.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- CHSC6909 - Government and Public Services in China
- CISS6001 - New Security Challenges
- CISS6002 - Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
- CISS6004 - Disease and Security
- CISS6006 - Statebuilding and Fragile States
- CISS6008 - Population and Security
- CISS6011 - Special Topic in International Security
- CISS6012 - Civil-Military Relations
- CISS6015 - Alliances and Coalition Warfare
- CISS6016 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
- CISS6018 - Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
- GOVT6116 - International Organisations
- GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance
- GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics
- GOVT6139 - Research Design
- GOVT6156 - Governance and Civil Society
- GOVT6220 - The State,Secession,and Civil War
- GOVT6223 - Topics in Environmental Politics
- GOVT6301 - Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
- GOVT6311 - Issues in Public Policy
- GOVT6313 - Leadership in Theory and Practice
- GOVT6316 - Policy Making,Power and Politics
- GOVT6319 - Governance and Public Policy Making
- GOVT6331 - Public Management and Governance
- GOVT6336 - Media Politics
- GOVT6340 - Dissertation Part 1
- GOVT6341 - Dissertation Part 2
- GOVT6358 - Comparative Migration Policy
- GOVT6400 - Government Exchange
- GOVT6401 - Government Exchange
- GOVT6402 - Government Exchange
- GOVT6403 - Government Exchange
- HRTD6906 - The Philosophy of Human Rights
- SCLG6918 - Introductory Quantitative Methods
- USSC6902 - US Politics: Presidency and Congress
- USSC6903 - US Foreign and National Security Policy
- USSC6914 - Key Issues in American Culture
Further course information
8 units of study (total of 48 credit points) comprising at least 2 core units, plus 6 electives. The remaining units of study are chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator. Candidates electing to undertake a dissertation (12cp) must prepare a research proposal and discuss their topic with the academic coordinator prior to enrolling. Approval is subject to the department's discretion and the availability of an appropriate academic supervisor. The dissertation comprises research and writing toward a project of approximately 15,000 words.
Some of the units of study available in this degree include: Policy Making, Power and Politics; Governance and Civil Society; Leadership in Theory and Practice and International Public Management.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must complete 4 postgraduate units - 75% or above average (Distinction+) and written permission from Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of Public Policy have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Public Policy prepares graduates to work in a variety of positions. These 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; or policy experts in non-profit or international intergovernmental agencies such as the UN.
Graduates of the Master of Public Policy who have completed a dissertation with a meritorious grade are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in their chosen subject area.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Policy requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65%) average, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b) completion of the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Public Policy with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
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.
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).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2012 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2013, 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 2012 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2013, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.