Public Policy

Coursework

The Master of Public Policy is offered within the Department of Government and International Relations.

The programs in Public Policy are primarily intended for those who serve, or seek to serve, in government. They are designed 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.

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See also: International Studies, International Relations and International Security

Research

There are currently no research degrees offered in Public Policy, but potential applicants are referred to the Government and International Relations section of the Postgraduate Handbook.

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Public Policy are required to complete 24 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study
  • 12 credit points from core elective units of study

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma of Public Policy are required to complete 48 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units of study
  • 24 credit points from core elective units of study
  • 12 credit points from elective units of study

Master of Public Policy
Candidates for the Masters of Public Policy are required to complete 96 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study
  • a minimum of 30 credit points of core elective units of study
  • a maximum of 48 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional minor (18 credit points from one area of study) 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
  • a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study

Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete Requirements for completion of degree
AQF Level 7 e.g. a bachelor's degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1.5 years 72

- a minimum of 12 credit points of core units

- a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units

- a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units

- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

A minor may be included as per the unit of study table

Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1.5 years 72

- a minimum of 12 credit points of core units

- a minimum of 24 credit points of core elective units

- a maximum of 30 credit points of elective units

- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

A minor may be included as per the unit of study table

AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Law 1 year 48

- a minimum of 12 credit points of core units

- a minimum of 18 credit points of core elective units

- a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units

- a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units

All candidates for the Master of Public Policy are required to complete a capstone designed to build independent research capacity. Students complete one of the following two capstone options:

  • a semester-long research project by enrolling in GOVT6127 Research Project; OR
  • a year-long dissertation project, including GOVT6139 Research Design, followed by GOVT6340 Dissertation Part I and GOVT6341 Dissertation Part II. Completing this dissertation would prepare students to enroll in a PhD in Government and International Relations. This path is generally suitable only for students completing 72 or 96 credit points. Note that GOVT6139 is preparation for the Dissertation. It is not itself a Dissertation unit, and can be taken by any student enrolled in Government and International Relations postgraduate coursework degrees.