Master of Public Policy
Conceive and create the frameworks of society
Public policy shapes our lives. It governs everything from how we do business, to how our health, welfare and education systems operate, and how our nation engages with the world.
Those who set and/or influence policy can create profound change by improving things like community equity, diversity, wellbeing, security and prosperity. Our Master of Public Policy prepares you to take the lead.
What will you do?
The Master’s program is studied over two years full-time, or 18 months if extending a past bachelor degree.
It provides specialist knowledge in policy processes and governance institutions; advanced skills in policy analysis and research; and the capability to design and implement sound policy in complex environments.
Highly interdisciplinary, the degree integrates knowledge from the University’s world-class experts in: politics; international relations; economics; law; environmental and social sciences; strategic communications; philosophy and more. You will gain:
- deep understanding of political, legal and ethical issues affecting public policy
- broad awareness of public policy’s underlying economic principles
- advanced skills in community engagement and its analysis
- the opportunity to explore interests in specialist areas, such as international trade, human rights, environmental planning and governance, global food and agribusiness, public health, education and more
- high-level research skills, through a major final-year research project.
Where could it take you?
You might pursue a career in politics or the public service. You could analyse and develop policy in a major industry body or consulting firm. Perhaps you’ll interpret policy and advise on its application for a large company, a lobbying organisation, or not-for-profit.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Higher Education Study||Conversion Masters (48 units):
Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.
Extension Masters (36 units):
Bachelor degree (minimum GPA 4.0) in the following fields (political science or policy studies) OR relevant cognate discipline: public administration, environmental policy / environmental studies, public health / health policy, economics, international relations
Bachelor degree (minimum GPA 4.0) and 3 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application.
6 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application.
|Intake||February and July|
English Language Requirements
|Australian Year 12||Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject|
|English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Conversion Masters (48 units):
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $37,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring. My time at University of Adelaide has been terrific and fulfilling, as I have had the opportunity to thrive in a different educational environment.
I have established new friendships, studied an array of interesting and challenging courses which have allowed me to push myself to perform to my highest academic standard.
My degree has enabled me to complete an internship and various electives which have allowed me to gain practical experience and insight to other societal issues. This has complimented both my degrees extremely well with some areas slightly overlapping, consequently reinforcing my knowledge of these concepts.
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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Dec 2020