Professional Certificate in Public Policy

Please note: we will not be accepting applications for this program until semester 2, 2021.

Understand 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 Professional Certificate in Public Policy gives you an engaging introduction to this career path.


What will you do?

Studied over six months part-time, the professional certificate provides a broad overview of policy processes, analysis and design, and governance institutions.

Highly interdisciplinary. It integrates knowledge from the University’s world-class experts in: politics; international relations; economics; law; environmental and social sciences; strategic communications; philosophy and more.


Where could it take you?

Upon completion, you will be well placed to know if a career working with public policy is for you. That could be in politics or the public service, a major industry body or consulting firm, a large company, a lobbying organisation, or not-for-profit. You could also go on to further study with our Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.

  • Learn with our world-class discipline experts
  • Specialise in policy processes and government institutions
  • advance your skills to design & implement complex environments

Entry Requirements

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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3PC009
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3PC009

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $7,125


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Potential careers

NGO Policy Officer, Business Consultant, Business Development Manager, Business Management, Non Government Organisation Worker, Campaign Manager, Parliamentary Adviser, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Political Analyst, Project Officer, Environmental Consultant, Government Policy Advisor, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser

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.


The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Monday, 1 Nov 2021