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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma of Public Policy

Not available to international students.
Course duration
1 year/s
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
This course is only available as an Alternative Exit
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International online
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Graduate Diploma of Public Policy
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Area of study
Indigenous Knowledges
Humanities and Social Sciences

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

This course is not available for entry however is available as an alternative exit award from the Master of Public Policy.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

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Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ATI502 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (no longer available from 2021)
HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: A 'Remote' Perspective
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts

Specialist Electives
(4 units)
40cp Specialist Elective units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20 (20cp) (no longer available from 2021)
ATI501 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development (no longer available from 2021)
ATI503 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
ATI504 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
BUS508 Business Analytics (replaces BUS501 from 2022)
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship (replaces BUS502 from 2022)
DEM511 Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
DEM512 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM513 Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
DEM514 Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics in Education (unit title change 2022)
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching (unit title change 2022)
EMG504 Leadership in Education (unit title change 2022)
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education (unit title change 2022)
EMG506 Project in Global Learning 1
EMG609 Internship (unit title change 2022) (20cp) (repeatable)
ENG519 Sustainability (replaces ENG417 from 2021)
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV502 Remote Sensing
ENV503 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management
ENV508 Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking (new title 2018)
ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
ENV512 Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management (replaced by ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management from 2018) (next offered in 2022)
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management (not offered in 2019)
BUS506 Global Megatrends (replaces MAN506 from 2022)
BUS504 Sustainable Enterprise (replaces MAN508 from 2022)
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (no longer available)
PHM536 Health Systems Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)
PRT551 Project Management Risk and Reliability
SWK401 Building Safe Communities (replaced by SWK316 from 2019)
SWK404 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (replaced by SWK317 from 2019)

  80cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


EMG502 Teaching and Learning and Global Learning is now Philosophies, Ethics and Global Frameworks


PHM516 Indigenous Health and Social Change is now Indigenous Health.
ENV508 Applied Geographic Information Systems is now Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Thinking.
ENV512 Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management has been replaced by ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management.

Units Added to Specialist Electives Units Removed from Specialist Electives
ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills
BUS501 Decisionmaking
BUS502 Entrepreneurship
ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
GOV501 Public Governance: Scope and Issues (no longer available)
GOV502 Government Finance and Economics (no longer available)
MAN505 Managing Innovation


Study plan

Recommended Study Plans are not required for the exit only award.


Domestic students - postgraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS




UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW



Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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