Policy Studies

 

Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies

Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies

Master of Policy Studies


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://www.sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

GCPOLSTD-02

Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies

GNPOLSTD-02

Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies

MAPOLSTD-02

Master of Policy Studies

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for the Master of Policy Studies and the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies is full time or part time according to candidate choice, and for the Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies, it is part time only.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies
(c)
the Master of Policy Studies
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longest award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies, the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies and the Master of Policy Studies requires:
(a)
the Bachelor of Social Work degree 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
(b)
the Bachelor of Education degree 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
(c)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualification, and either relevant postgraduate studies or at least two years' relevant work experience in the human services field; or
(d)
in the case of the Graduate Diploma, completion of the embedded Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(e)
in the case of the Master's degree, completion of the embedded Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the courses are set out in the in the Table of Units of Study for the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma/Master of Policy Studies.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies a candidate must complete 24 credit points, comprising:
(a)
12 credit points of core units of study to be chosen from the Table; and
(b)
12 credit points of elective units of study to be chosen from the Policy Studies units in the Table.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies a candidate must complete 36 credit points, comprising:
(a)
a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study to be chosen from the Table; and
(b)
a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study to be chosen from the Table, including:
(i)  a minimum of 18 credit points of units of study to be chosen from Policy Studies units and
(ii)  a maximum of 6 credit points of units of study to be chosen from the list of approved units of study from another faculty.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Policy Studies a candidate must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(a)
a minimum of 12 credit points of core units of study chosen from the Table; plus
(b)
a maximum of 12 credit points of capstone units of study; and
(c)
a minimum of 24 credit points of elective units of study to be chosen from the Table, including:
(i)  a minimum of 12 credit points of Policy Studies units of study to be chosen from Policy Studies units; and
(ii)  a maximum of 12 credit points of units of study chosen from the list of approved units of study from another faculty.

7 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree or graduate diploma may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2015 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2015 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2015 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2020 and provided that there is no suspension of candidature, in which case the candidature for any period shall proceed under the by-laws and resolutions in force at the time of re-enrolment. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.