Public Policy & Governance

Overview

Shaping public policy

The Master of Public Policy and Governance at UNSW provides specialist studies in public policy and management, public administration and public governance of services at the local, national and international level.

Our postgraduate policy studies program applies a social science perspective to questions of policy and management in modern organisations.

Policymaking plays a key role in the management and change of the economy and society. From policy conceptualisation, implementation and management, to evaluation and research - there are few professional areas where you can impact society as greatly as when you are helping to shape public policy.

Experienced teaching staff

Teaching staff in the Master of Public Policy and Governance have had direct experience either as policy makers or policy researchers. They bring their real life experience to the classroom, revealing the relationship between theory, research and everyday practice.

Program outcomes

Our Public Policy and Governance degree will develop your understanding of policy-making and implementation whether you are working in policy think tanks, policy advocacy or policy governance institutions.

Our broad selection of courses in key public policy areas and opportunities for intensive study are designed with the professional in mind.

This Masters degree is ideal for professionals who have relevant work experience. This may be in government, non-government and private sectors in Australia and internationally.

Structure

The Master of Public Policy and Governance is structured to acknowledge and recognise the skills that individuals bring to their postgraduate education.

More experienced students will undertake a streamlined degree for 1 year (48 units of credit) while students with less professional experience will study for 1.5 years (72 units of credit).

Starting in 2017, students with no experience will study for 2 years (96 units of credit).


1 year plan or part-time equivalent (48 units of credit)

This is for students who have completed a relevant Honours degree or Graduate Diploma* (or equivalent), or those who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree and one year relevant professional experience.

Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1 year plan allows suitably experienced students to fast track their postgraduate study, completing their Master of Public Policy and Governance in just one year. During this period, students will complete 48 units of credit, usually 8 courses.

What will you study?

  • Core Research Courses (12-18 units of credit)
    • Research Methods and Design,
    • And Research Report OR Research Project
  • Core Disciplinary Courses (18 units of credit)
    • Policy Analysis,
    • Policy Regulation and Governance,
    • And Power, Politics and Policy OR Policy and Digital Advocacy
  • 2-3 electives (12-18 units of credit) from the full list of Master of Public Policy & Governance options

1.5 year plan or part-time equivalent (72 units of credit)

This is for students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) but have limited professional experience.

Students who have completed undergraduate studies in any discipline but have professional experience in a relevant field, or an Honours degree or Graduate Diploma in any discipline may also be eligible.

Please read the entry requirements section (see below) for full eligibility criteria.

The 1.5 year plan will deepen your contextual knowledge of public policy and governance before developing more advanced competencies and skills. During the program, students complete 72 units of credit, usually 12 courses.

What will you study?

  • Core Research Courses (24-30 units of credit)
    • Research Methods and Design,
    • Theory, Ethics and Research,
    • And Research Report OR Research Project
  • Core Disciplinary Courses (18 units of credit)
    • Policy Analysis,
    • Policy Regulation and Governance
    • And Power, Politics and Policy OR Policy and Digital Advocacy
  • 4-5 electives (24 - 30 units of credit) from the full list of Master of Public Policy & Governance options

2 year plan or part-time equivalent (96 units of credit) - New for 2017 

This is for students who have completed any Bachelor degree (or equivalent) and do not have any relevant work experience.

Students who are eligible for the 1 year and/or 1.5 year streams are also permitted to study the 2 year stream.

What will you study?

  • Core Research Courses (24-36 units of credit)
    • Research Methods and Design,
    • Theory, Ethics and Research,
    • Academic Writing in Social Sciences,
    • And Research Report OR Research Project
  • Core Disciplinary Courses (24 units of credit)
    • Policy Analysis,
    • Policy Regulation and Governance,
    • Power, Politics and Policy,
    • And Policy and Digital Advocacy
  • 7-8 electives (42-48 units of credit) from the full list of Master of Public Policy & Governance options

Research or practice path

All students studying a Master of Public Policy and Governance can choose to follow either a research path or a practice path.

Alternatively, students can choose to follow both pathways with fewer electives.

Research path

The research path is Ideal for students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research, such as a PhD or Masters by Research.

Practice path

The practice path is for students who would prefer to advance their studies in professional practice with the Professional Practice Research Report.

Entry requirements

Students must meet one of the following selection criteria for entry to the 1 year, 1.5 year or 2 year Master of Public Policy and Governance program.


1 year plan

  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%) or,
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%), plus 1 year relevant professional experience

1.5 year plan

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%) or,
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%) plus 1 year relevant professional experience or,
  • Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%)

2 year plan - New for 2017

  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%

Relevant disciplines and experience

Relevant disciplines include: Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, Economics, Law, Public Health, Communications, Social Research and Policy and Social Work.

Relevant professional experience can include: working in the public sector, unions, business organisations, research/policy institutes or third sector organisations.


Entry score calculator

Not sure if your past academic achievements are equivalent to a UNSW credit average?

Use the UNSW postgraduate coursework Entry Score calculator to convert and scale other types of grading schemes into a percentage relatable to UNSW entry requirements.

The results will help you determine whether your undergraduate grades make you competitive for entry to postgraduate coursework programs at UNSW.

Careers

National and international policy makers

UNSW Master of Public Policy and Governance graduates work across all areas of public policy and governance.

As a Public Policy and Governance student, you will have the skills to work nationally and internationally as a policy maker, researcher and/or advocate.

Our graduates have gained employment in government and non-government organisations, the business sector and private enterprise, including:

  • Department of Climate Change
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Alzheimer’s Australia
  • Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, Canada
  • Queensland Department of Mines and Energy
  • British Virgin Islands Cabinet Office in government, non-government organisations, the business sector and private enterprise.

Opportunities

Industry experience

As student of the Master of Public Policy and Governance, you will gain industry experience through the core course ‘Policy Project’. This course gives you the opportunity to carry out a policy project for an external organisation, linking study to practise.

Industry speakers are also a key feature of core courses and have included:

  • the former Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • the CEO of the Office of Communities
  • the CEO of the Independent Transport and Safety Reliability Regulator
  • the CEO of Sydney Ferries
  • the CEO of Jewish Care
  • the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Premier’s Office
  • the Manager of the Aboriginal Health Branch, NSW Department of Health
  • a Senior Manager, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Research pathways

Our new straightforward research pathways are also open to our high achieving Master of Public Policy & Governance students seeking further study in a Higher Degree by Research such as a PhD or Masters by Research.

UNSW handbook

Degree program structure and academic rules information for 2015:


If you are a current student, please refer to the Online Handbook in the year you commenced your degree.

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