Master of Public Policy New

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM240
CRICOS 103553K

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.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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.

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM240
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Conversion Masters (48 units):

    Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 
    OR
    Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
    OR
    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
    OR
    Bachelor degree (minimum GPA 4.0) and 3 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application.
    OR
    6 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application. 
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM240


    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 103553K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Conversion Masters (48 units):
    • Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 OR
    • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy OR
    • Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
    Extension Masters (36 units)
    • Bachelor degree (minimum GPA 4.0) in the following FoE codes: 090101 (Political Science) or 090103 (Policy Studies) OR relevant cognate discipline: public administration, environmental policy / environmental studies, public health / health policy, economics, international relations OR
    • Bachelor degree (minimum GPA 4.0) and 3 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application. OR
    • 6 years relevant professional work experience. Applicants must provide a detailed Curriculum Vitae with their application. 
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $27,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $37,000

    Scholarships

    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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  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Project Manager, Project Officer, Diplomat, Diplomatic corps, Resource Management, Resource Manager, Risk Analyst, Environment Protection Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Economist, Environmental Management, Environmental Manager, Environmental Project Officer, Environmental Remediation Officer, Social Worker, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Sustainability Manager, Government Policy Advisor, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, UN Human Rights Officer, ...

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.
  • Related Degrees

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Dec 2020