Master of Administrative Law and Policy (MALP)

This specialist program aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between law and the analysis and implementation of public policy. The values inherent in administrative law and those of public administration are examined together with the practical aspects of the application of law. The public policy component of the course analyses the structure of the public sector and the role of government in the economy.

The program also provides knowledge of objectives associated with public policy and of appropriate methodological approaches to analysing the social and economic effects of reforms. An appreciation of the relationship between law and policy is fostered by the creation of an opportunity for public administrators specialising as lawyers or as policy analysts to learn together within the disciplines of law, government and social policy.


Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Margaret Allars

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent tertiary qualification. The degree must be in law, economics, government, social work or another relevant discipline.

Program Structure

The program requires the completion of 48 credit points, equivalent to eight units of study. The core units ensure an interdisciplinary approach. The wide-ranging electives available in the Sydney Law School, as well as the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Faculty of Arts, allow each student to construct a grouping of subjects most appropriate to developing a sophisticated appreciation of the way in which law and policy interact in particular areas of public administration.

Attendance Pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time.

Duration

ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 6 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of Study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Compulsory Units of Study (2014)

Administrative Law
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System*
Policy Making, Power and Politics (offered by the Department of Government and International Relations)
Public Policy
*Candidates without a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.

Candidates must complete at least 24 credit points of units of study (including compulsory units of study) offered by Sydney Law School

Law Elective Units of Study (2014)
Constitutional Theory
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Planning Law
Government Regulation, Health Policy and Ethics
Independent Research Project
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure
Law of Tax Administration
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
Water Law and Climate Change

Non-Law Elective Units of Study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Candidates must not complete more than 24 credit points of units of study (including the compulsory unit of study) offered by other Faculties/Departments as listed below.

2014 Master of Administrative Law and Policy Non-Law Elective Timetable (pdf)

Elective Units offered by the Department of Government & International Relations (2014)
Australia in Diplomacy, Defence and Trade
Comparative Democratic Politics
Comparative Migration Policy
Global Environmental Politics
Globalisation and Governance
Governance and Civil Society
Governance and Public Policy Making
International Policy Making
Issues in Public Policy
Policy Making, Power and Politics
Public Management and Governance
Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
Elective Units offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work (2014)
Global Social Policy
Mental Health: Practice and Theory
Social Policy Frameworks
Elective Units offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy (2014)
Citizenship Rights and Social Movements
New Debates in Social Theory
Social Policy International Perspectives

Staff

Staff teaching in this program have active research programs and publication records in administrative law and policy. Information on individual staff, their research interests and publications, may be obtained from the Our People section of the website.