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Master of Public Policy (SPPOL1)

Master of Public Policy Northern Institute 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.  

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.


There are no Master of Public Policy Information Sessions scheduled at the moment. 

  • CLOSED Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 2.30 - 3.30pm in the Timor Meeting Room, Northern Australia Development Office (NADO), Ground Floor, Development House, 76 The Esplanade (MAP)
  • CLOSED Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 5.30 - 6.30pm in the Savanna Room, Yellow Building 1 Level 2 Room 48, Casuarina Campus, CDU (MAP)

Come and talk to the lecturers 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. 




Research students are an important part of the life and future of the research community.

At the Northern Institute, we invite HDR students to participate in the NI Research Student Network where students can share their experiences and profile with an international audience, find information, build their skills in articulating elements of their research in a supportive academic environment, access leading academics and help identify ways the Northern Institute can support students better.

Find out more information about the NI Research Student Network sessions.