Postgraduate

Master of Public Policy

Lead the way in shaping economic, social and legal change

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Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

The Master of Public Policy is designed to nurture current and future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest. Graduates may be employed in a wide variety of public areas, ranging from policy analysis, through to management of departments and agencies.

This course is particularly useful for people with a range of skills in other areas (such as science or engineering), as it will complement your skills in these areas, and enable you to progress through to senior levels of policy or management positions in the public sector.

The Master of Public Policy is designed to nurture current and future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest. Graduates may be employed in a wide variety of public areas, ranging from policy analysis, through to management of departments and agencies.

This course is particularly useful for people with a range of skills in other areas (such as science or engineering), as it will complement your skills in these areas, and enable you to progress through to senior levels of policy or management positions in the public sector.

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Further Study

Graduates may choose to undertake higher degree research, such as Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy. After three years' relevant work experience, students may choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Graduates may choose to undertake higher degree research, such as Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy. After three years' relevant work experience, students may choose to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2020
$48,800.00

Industry partner discount

This course is eligible for an industry partner discount, giving industry professionals a 10% tuition fee discount to support postgraduate study at UWA.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
96
Total Course Fee - 2019
$75,600.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$77,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
or
(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or
(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy at UWA.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

A successful government must design and implement policies that will further the economic, social and legal interests of its citizens. Students who study public policy are therefore driven to serve the public interest. They work in all levels of government, in the not-for-profit sector, in consulting firms and in international organisations. They can be social entrepreneurs, policy analysts, consultants to government or hold public office.

About the course

The Master of Public Policy will give you a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of government in economic activity and public administration and governance. The course focuses on how government interacts with the economy, law and society. Topics taught include: economic growth, stability, taxation, infrastructure provision, regulation, health, defence, education, comparative law, theories of justice and punishment, public international law and social security. 

Master of Public Policy

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 2, Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Up to 12 contact hours per week, plus additional time for study and group work
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 42580
CRICOS code
  • 093562G
Master of Public Policy
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 2, Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Up to 12 contact hours per week, plus additional time for study and group work
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 42580
CRICOS code
  • 093562G
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years (or 1.5 years with a relevant undergraduate degree as assessed by Faculty)
Degrees course is available in
  • Master of Public Policy
Postgraduate

Why study a Master of Public Policy

  • You can take units in Public Administration and Governance, Economics and Law. It’s a unique combination.
  • You can take advantage of unique opportunities to put what you have learned into practice in real-life situations.
  • If you take the Public Policy or Economics streams, you can undertake a dissertation in Public Administration and Governance.
 
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Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

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Get practical

Students can take a number of unique practical units, including:

  • PARL5599 WA Parliamentary Research Program: students act as a research assistant for a Member of Parliament at the Western Australian Parliament. 

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum A: students undertake a relevant professional placement.

  • SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship: students undertake an internship with a not-for-profit, community or government organisation.

  • SVLG5003 Wicked Problems: students form small interdisciplinary teams and work with staff, the McCusker Centre for Citizenship and stakeholders on complicated or wicked problems.

MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY
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Flexibility

We understand that life is busy. That's why our postgraduate courses are designed so you can balance your work and studies. Our flexible postgraduate experience includes the opportunity to study part time, a range of units that are taught after hours, and the option to learn via intensive units. Ask our Student Central team for advice on choosing the right postgraduate route for you. Find out more here.

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Industry partner discount

This course is eligible for an industry partner discount, giving industry professionals a 10% tuition fee discount to support postgraduate study at UWA.

Accreditation

    

The UWA Business School is accredited through both EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System, and AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. These are the leading business school accreditations in Europe and North America respectively, meaning that your business degree will be recognised by employers around the world.

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Articulated courses

This course is part of an articulated sequence with the:

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