Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies

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

This certificate is designed for policy practitioners, educators, and human service providers in the fields of education, social and community services and health and may be undertaken full-time over one semester or part-time over one year.



You should consider the program if you're seeking a shorter period of study than that required for the Master of Policy Studies. You will choose core units of study that may include the study of social policy process, policy frameworks, and global social policy, and also choose electives from a pool shared by the graduate diploma and master degree.

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. Subject to meeting progression requirements in the graduate certificate, you may apply to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies or the Master of Policy Studies.

Course outline

Candidates are required to complete a total of 24 credit points (cp), including: a minimum of 12 cp (2 units of study) of core units. The balance consists of elective units.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies has been designed specifically for people working in the fields of education, social work, and the human services who want to move into a policy position, expand their policy role or conduct policy research.

Admission

Admission requirements

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 years’ relevant work experience in the human services field.

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 online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

International applicants may apply for Semester 2 (i) online directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

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.