Public Policy

 

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Master of Public Policy


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 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), 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.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
GCPUBPOL-02 Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
GNPUBPOL-02 Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
MAPUBPOL-04 Master of Public Policy

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is an advanced learning 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 Public Policy
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
(c)
the Master of Public Policy
(2)
A candidate for the graduate certificate or graduate diploma may apply to progress to a longer course in this sequence, providing the candidate meets the admission requirements for that course. 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 but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Dean to be equivalent.
(2)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy requires a bachelor's degree with a major in social sciences from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
(3)
Admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree with a major in social sciences, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.
(4)
Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Policy requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Public Policy with a minimum credit (65%) average, or an equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these courses are set out in the Postgraduate Table of Units of Study for the Public Policy subject area.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy a candidate must complete 24 credit points comprising:
(a)
12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
12 credit points from elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy a candidate must complete 48 credit points comprising:
(a)
12 credit points of core unit of study; and
(b)
24 credit points from core elective units of study and
(c)
12 credit points from elective units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Public Policy a candidate must complete 96 credit points comprising:
(a)
a minimum of 12 credit points of core unit of study as specified; and
(b)
a minimum of 30 credit points of core elective units of study; and
(c)
a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional minor 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
(d)
a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study.

7 Recognition of Prior Learning

(1)
Waivers and credit may be granted or the volume of learning may be reduced in recognition of prior learning.
(2)
Credit may be granted for up to 50% of course requirements for relevant incomplete postgraduate qualifications.
(3)
Candidates offered direct admission to the Master of Public Policy may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 48 credit points, subject to the following:
(a)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for bachelor's degree at level 7 of the Australian Qualifications Framework in the Social Sciences, Humanities or Law or as defined by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
(b)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 48 credit points for a qualification at level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework in a discipline in the Social Sciences, Humanities or Law.
(c)
The maximum permissible reduction in the volume of learning is 24 credit points for relevant professional work experience deemed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to have conferred a volume of learning equivalent to that of a Graduate Certificate in a relevant discipline.
(4)
The maximum combined credit and reduction in the volume of learning for prior study granted to a candidate will not exceed 50% of the requirements of the course.

8 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 sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

9 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2015.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2015 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2020. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.