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Master of Policy Studies

Overview

Would you like to gain the knowledge to lead policy creation and changes that could improve thousands of lives worldwide? The course will equip you to analyse past policy debates worldwide and key human services organisational changes to deepen your understanding of how these processes work.

Your existing knowledge and experience in the field of social work, human services or education will provide a starting point for better understanding best practice.

Why study with us?

Unique in its focus on international policy trends, this program attracts a diverse group of students from many different countries, cultures and professional backgrounds. 

As a result, you’ll enjoy a rich and culturally diverse atmosphere of shared learning that encourages new ideas and innovation, and engage with like-minded students who share a common goal of using policy to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. 

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Candidates are required to complete a total of 48 credit points (cp); including 12 cp (2 units of study) of core units; a maximum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of capstone units; and the balance consisting of elective units from the Policy Studies Units of Study Table.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

 

Capstone (compulsory project)

A capstone unit is completed in the final semester of enrolment. It provides an opportunity to integrate ideas and understandings drawn from units of study taken in the course. The capstone is a compulsory requirement and is undertaken by completing a special project/authorised independent study and report (6 credit points; 6000 words) or a dissertation (12 credit points; 12,000 words). Students who intend to undertake a higher degree by research (MPhil, PhD) in future should enrol in the dissertation (please note that entry requirements apply for this unit of study - consult your Course Coordinator for further details).

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature requires: (i) a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers and either relevant postgraduate studies or one year's full-time professional experience in the human services field; or (ii) a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and either relevant postgraduate studies or one year's full-time professional experience in the human services field; or (iii) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline and either relevant postgraduate studies or at least two yearsrelevant work experience in the human services field.

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.

Future study

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

Professional development

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Click here to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the Faculty.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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