Master of Public Policy


Master of Public Policy (SPPOL1)

Master of Public Policy Northern Institute The course 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 now for study in 2018 through SATAC.

View and download the Master of Public Policy flyer  or poster


Information sessions are held at various times throughout the year for prospective students to learn more, meet with lecturers, discuss study options and ask questions. The next session times are:

  • 12-2pm Monday 3 December, Northern Australian Development Office (NADO), 76 The Esplanade, Darwin (Google Map)

Come and talk to us and see how this course can help you achieve your goals for your career, help you explore the issues and challenges you face in your work in public policy, or make a start on a new career in public policy research. 

For queries about upcoming session please contact Course Coordinator Greg Williams at or 08 8946 7469


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


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


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.


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
Current Student