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
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.
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.
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.
|ATTENDANCE||CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER||MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
|FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||6 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||6 YEARS*|
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 (2013)
|Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System*|
|Policy Making, Power and Politics (offered by the Department of Government and International Relations)|
Candidates must complete at least 24 credit points of units of study (including compulsory units of study) offered by Sydney Law School
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.
|Elective Units offered by the Department of Government & International Relations (2013)|
|Comparative Migration Policy|
|Global Environmental Politics|
|Globalisation and Governance|
|Governance and Civil Society|
|Governance and Public Policy Making|
|Issues in Public Policy|
|Leadership in Theory and Practice|
|Public Management and Governance|
|Public Sector Ethics and Corruption|
|Elective Units offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work (2013)|
|Global Social Policy|
|Mental Health: Practice and Theory|
|Social Policy Frameworks|
|Elective Units offered by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy (2013)|
|Citizenship Rights and Social Movements|
|New Debates in Social Theory|
|Social Policy International Perspectives|
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.