Master of Public Policy

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

Gain a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of a rapidly changing policy environment, with growing public scrutiny, shrinking resources, and new trans-boundary challenges. The Master of Public Policy 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 seeking a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making.

Explore the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels. Study migration, corruption, crisis management, governance and the environment. Many of the units include practical forms of assessment that draw together theoretical insights from public policy, with examples from the political world.

Why study with us?
The course is designed for those working or looking to work in government and the public sector, and for those working in non-government or private sector bodies who seek a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making.

Based within the University’s Department of Government and International Relations, study electives such as international relations, comparative politics and Australian politics, resulting in a deeper understanding of policy design and implementation.

Join practically-minded and career-oriented peers, with the opportunity to create valuable networks. Capitalise on the many government and private sector networks available in Sydney.

Course outline

Study plan

(a) a minimum of 12 credit points of core unit of study as specified; and
(b) a minimum of 30 credit points of core elective units of study; and
(c) a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional minor as listed in the unit of study table. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the Public Policy subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties; and
(d) a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online

Postgraduate Table of Units of study for Public Policy Subject Area.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

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.

Capstone experience

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.

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.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This course provides opportunities for a career in administration, research, planning, education and management. Our graduates have become 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 policy advocates for international organisations such as the United Nations.

Further study

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

Admission requirements

Entry in the 1, 1.5 or 2 year degree program is determined by the criteria below:

Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Policy (2 years full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification

Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Policy (1.5 years full-time) requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a minimum credit (65 percent) average in a relevant discipline, calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) relevant professional work experience

Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Policy (1 year full-time) requires:

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

(b) an Honours degree in a relevant discipline or

(c) relevant professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree 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.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

If you would like to apply through a University approved agent, visit Agents and Representatives.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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