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% 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 enquire here: studyarts@unsw.edu.au

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

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%.

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 and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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