Overview

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 much as when you are helping to shape public policy.

The Master of Public Policy and Governance provides specialist studies in public policy and management, public administration and public governance of services at local, national and international levels. This degree applies a social science perspective to questions of policy and management in modern organisations. The courses are taught by policymakers or policy researchers who bring their real-life experience to the classroom, revealing the relationship between theory, research and everyday practice.

Program Code

8259

CRICOS Code

083243E

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

47

Why choose this degree?

While undertaking this degree you will gain the skills to work nationally and internationally in policy think tanks, policy advocacy or policy governance institutions.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is suited to professionals with relevant work experience, including in government, non-government and private sectors in Australia and internationally.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • 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.

Entry requirements

For the 1 year (48 UOC) 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 of 65%.
  • Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average of 65%, plus one year relevant professional experience.

For the 1.5 year (72 UOC) plan

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

For the 2 year (96 UOC) plan

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

*It is expected that a Graduate Diploma will have been completed after an undergraduate degree.

Relevant disciplines for these programs include: Social Sciences; Humanities; Business; Economics; Law; Public Health; Communications; Social Research and Policy; Social Work.

Applicants with a degree in a discipline not listed here but who wish to make a case for its academic relevance to these programs should contact studyarts@unsw.edu.au.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees

Indicative First Year Fee

$25,920*

Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

$53,280*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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