Master of Policy Studies
Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
The MPS -- and its component graduate certificate and graduate diploma -- attracts students from different countries and a range of backgrounds in the human-services industry.
Despite this inherent diversity, and regardless of whether the students have come from schools, hospitals, health or community centres, international organisations, the public service or police force, aged care, children's services, social work, unions, peak bodies and non-government organisations, their shared goal is to learn more about policy processes because of a belief that policy changes can significantly improve social outcomes for individuals and communities.
The University of Sydney postgraduate policy studies program is distinctive in its attention to international policy trends as well as its responsiveness to the needs and interests of students. It uniquely offers MPS and GradDipPS students the opportunity to study courses from different faculties as part of their awards.
Compulsory coursework includes international comparative analyses of policy debates and changes relating to human-service organisations. The teaching staff are experts in the fields of education and/or social services who have been actively involved in formulating policies.
Because the MPS is a fully articulated program, the units of study offered as part of the Graduate Certficate in Policy Studies are identical to those studied by candidates for the graduate diploma and master's. This ensures that graduate-certificate and graduate-diploma students will receive full credit for the units they have completed if they choose to subsequently enrol in a master's program.
Four units of study comprise a graduate certificate; six units constitute a graduate diploma; and successfully completing eight units of study is required for the award of a Master of Policy Studies.
To be accepted into the master's program at entry (graduate-certificate) level, applicants must submit proof of one of the following:
- a four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree or equivalent recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers
- a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney
- a bachelor degree in any relevant discipline and relevant work experience, normally of at least three years, in the human services field.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services (GradCertH&CS) are eligible to apply for credit towards either the GradDipPS or the MPS.
Four units of study (two of the core units and two electives from with the Faculty of Education and Social Work) comprise the graduate certificate; completing four units of study from the electives' list (one of which may be selected from outside the Faculty of Education and Social Work) as well as two core units constitutes a graduate diploma; and successfully completing six units of study from the electives' list (two of which may be selected from outside the Faculty of Education and Social Work) as well as two core units is required for the award of a Master of Policy Studies.
Core units of study
All graduate-certificate, graduate-diploma and master's candidates must complete two of the following units of study.
Elective units of study from within the faculty
Graduate-certificate applicants must enrol in two of the following units of study; graduate-diploma students at least three; and master's candidates, at least four.
- Social Research (SCWK6902)
- Working With Communities (SCWK6910)
- Organisations as Learning Communities (EDPA6016)
- Global Poverty, Social Policy and Education (EDPB5016)
- Developing a Research Project (EDPK5003)
Approved elective units offered by other faculties
Graduate-diploma students may in enrol in one of the following units of study; master's candidates may enrol in as many as two.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health
Capstone units of study
- Dissertation (EDPZ6720)
- Dissertation Part 1 (EDPZ6724)
- Dissertation Part 2 (EDPZ6725)
- Special Project 1 (EDPZ6730)
- Authorised Independent Study and Report (SCWK6908)
Students undertaking the Master of Policy Studies are able to proceed to enrolment in a postgraduate research degree in social work on the basis of exemplary results in their studies.
Tuition fees vary according to candidates' citizenship and are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for the MPS articulated program course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions for the Master of Policy Studies in the Courses Online database. Comprehensive information about payment of international fees is available from the International Office fee-payment page.