Public Policy postgraduate programs

The Masters of Public Policy, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificates in Public Policy courses are designed to prepare policy makers with the knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development, implementation and evaluation. It provides a unique opportunity to develop individual students’ analytical and research capacity through supervision with established public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators working in northern contexts.

Students explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy. They also gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation and empirical research theories and methodologies. 

Students can choose from a range of specialist electives to further develop their public policy knowledge in their area of choice, such as Indigenous policy, international education, governance and management, health, emergency and disaster management, and environmental management. Students can include cross-institutional enrolment in their studies to adapt these courses to their needs.

Internships

Students are offered the opportunity to undertake overseas internships where they conduct projects that are embeded in the local community enabling students to learn from similar contexts to their Australian experience.

 

Amy MPP graduation 2018

Master of Public Policy (SPPOL1)

The Master of Public Policy is designed to prepare policy makers with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development, implementation and evaluation. It provides a unique opportunity to develop individual students’ analytical and research capacity through supervision with established public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators working in northern contexts. 

Students will explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy. They will also gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation and empirical research theories and methodologies.  

Students can choose from a range of specialist electives to further develop their public policy knowledge in their area of choice, such as Indigenous policy, international education, governance and management, health, emergency and disaster management and environmental management. 

The course addresses the expressed need for a postgraduate qualification that equips public policy practitioners for working in northern Australia and with its northern neighbours in Southeast Asia. The Master of Public Policy is designed for such northern contexts; it will provide students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy in remote, regional, Indigenous and cross-jurisdictional contexts. The course is also intended to be a platform for both students and staff of partner organisations, departments and universities, fostering a culture of cooperation to support the development of public policy practice in this rapidly developing region. 

This course is aimed at mature students with an undergraduate degree who want to be employed, or advance their career, in a policy related role within the region of northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Graduates will be able to apply for doctoral studies in similar fields upon completion of this course.   

For more information and how to apply visit CDU Course Finder.

Apply for study through South Australian Tertiary Adminissions Centre (SATAC). SATAC processes applications for entry into courses offered at participating educational institutions in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

View and download the Master of Public Policy flyer


 

Student Testimonials

I am thoroughly enjoying the Masters of Public Policy, the course material is very modern and relevant and there is great access to a broad range of policy experts across multiple fields. I’m really learning a lot about Public Policy, particularly in the context of Northern Australia. 

Penny S
Current student

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I recently commenced in the Master of Public Policy program.  After twenty years of working in the Northern Territory, I find the course well aligned to the working in Northern contexts.  And as an external student, I find the support available on this program exceptional.

Renee Long
Current Student

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The MPP is a supportive introduction to the rigours of independent original research.  The course has provided me with the flexibility to explore interests within my own professional discipline, and to build on my skills and knowledge as a professional in the Northern Australia context.

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Katrina Shoebridge
Current Student

As an international student, the Master of Public Policy gives me a chance to build a better understanding of the place where I live and the people who live here. The course builds upon my skills and knowledge and with my background, it helps me to contribute to this multicultural community with a new perspective.

Yue Zhang
Graduated 2018

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