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Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

160

Course code

SPPOL1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Master of Public Policy is an opportunity to undertake a in-depth study in the field of public policy. The degree culminates in a research project that seeks to explore issues of research in policy related fields.

With a focus on northern Australia and its relation to South-East Asia you'll explore the policy issues in the region's remote contexts, the significance of Indigenous peoples and cultures, and its proximity to South-East Asia.

You will build the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development. The course deepens your understanding of the unique challenges and characteristics of "doing policy" in northern contexts.

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

Choose from specialist electives that will develop your public policy knowledge in an area such as:

  • Indigenous policy
  • international education
  • governance and management
  • health
  • emergency and disaster management
  • environmental management.

You will apply this new knowledge in an important public policy research project of your choice. You will receive one-on-one supervision and support from university research, public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators, and teaching staff.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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

Fees

Both Commonwealth supported (CS) and full fee (FF) places are available for this course. If you would like to apply for a CS place use the SATAC code 1CM062 or the UAC code 823190. If you would like to apply for a FF place you will need to use the SATAC code 1CM562 or the UAC code 873190.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $32,008.00. This equates to $4,001.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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What will I study?

The Master of Public Policy course involves the completion of 40 credit points of core units that provide a background and context to your study.

Course structure

Core units are supplemented by 20 credit points of study in relevant units in research methodology followed by 40 credit point research project developed and designed in collaboration with your supervisor.

Specialist elective units can be chosen from the postgraduate offerings at Charles Darwin University in a variety of discipline areas including education, business, Indigenous studies, public health or environmental management. Two units of general electives allow you to tailor your studies to your particular context by drawing in units from other fields of study including relevant policy units from other tertiary institutions.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(6 units)
80cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (replaces ATI502 from 2020)
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

The following units are worth 20 credit points each and may be taken at the same time or sequentially to develop a single research project worth 40 credit points in total.

MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)(repeatable from 2017)
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp) (repeatable from 2017)
 

Specialist Electives
(5 - 6 units)
60cp

Unit totalling 60 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below. The specialist elective units can be taken from one stream or spread across streams.

Research Methodologies

Select two (2) units from the following prior to undertaking MPP610 and MPP611:
IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp) (replaces ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20 from 2020 (20cp))
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education (unit title change 2022)
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation (added from 2018)
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography (added from 2018)
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact (new title 2021)
PHM588 Qualitative Research (new title 2021)

An additional 40cp may be selected from the units below. Other Masters level units available at CDU may also be selected if approved as part of the student's pathway by the Course Coordinator. These have been divided thematically for ease of choice.

Research Project

The following units may be repeated as Specialist Electives in addition to being completed as core units.

MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (repeatable from 2017)
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (repeatable from 2017)

Indigenous Contexts

IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development (replaces ATI501 from 2020)
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation (replaces ATI503 from 2020)
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies (replaces ATI504 from 2020)
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Education

EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics (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)
EMG506 Project in Global Learning 1
EMG609 Internship (unit title change 2022)(20cp)  (repeatable from 2017)

Public Management and Governance

BUS508 Business Analytics (replaces BUS501 from 2022 - which replaced ECO502 in 2018)
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship ((replaces BUS502 from 2022)
BUS506 Global Megatrends (replaces MAN506 from 2022)
BUS504 Sustainable Enterprise (replaces MAN508 from 2022)
MAN514 Management for the Executive (replaces MAN509 from 2022)
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and Reliability
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management (no longer available)
GOV501 Public Governance: Scope and Issues (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017) (no longer available)
GOV502 Government Finance and Economics (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017) (no longer available)
MAN505 Managing Innovation (unit no longer offered as part of this course from 2017)
 

Health

PHM516 Indigenous Health (new title from 2018)
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM528 Community Development and Public Health (not offered)
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making (new title 2020)
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health

Secure and Safe Communities

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
SWK316 Building Safe Communities (replaces SWK401 Building Safe Communities from 2019)
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (replaces SWK404 from 2019)

Environment and Livelihoods

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
ENV512 Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management (replaced by ENV519 Aquatic Resource Management from 2018)(no longer available from 2020)
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV516 Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV518 Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data (added from 2017) (new title 2018)
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management

Electives
(2 units)
20cp

Units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from postgraduate units offered by the University. Students may select units from any of the approved specialisations (as above) as electives or by cross institutional enrolment that is approved by the course coordinator.

 160Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

COURSE CHANGES - 2018

PHM516 was previously Indigenous Health and Social Change and is now Indigenous Health.
ECO502 has been replaced by BUS501 and is equivalent. Students who have completed ECO502 should not complete BUS501.
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.
ENV518 Advanced Spatial Science is now Analysing and Synthesising Spatial Data.

Units added as specialist electives:

BUS502 Entrepreneurship
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
MAN501 Cross Cultural Management
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues

Changes for 2017

As of 2017 EMG609, MPP610 and MPP611 are repeatable units.

The following units have been changed in the Public Management and Governance stream:

GOV501 Public Governance: Scope and Issues - no longer offered as part of this course (no longer available)
GOV502 Government Finance and Economics - no longer offered as part of this course (no longer available)
MAN505 Managing Innovation - no longer offered as part of this course
ECO502 Decision Making - added

The following unit has been added to the Environment and Livelihoods stream:

ENV518 Advanced Spatial Analysis

The following unit has been added to the Research Methodologies stream:

ACH401 Research Preparation: Knowledge and Skills #20

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveR = Research Core
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern ContextsCOMPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous ContextsCO
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (replaces ATI502 from 2020)COHGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote PerspectiveCO
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 2
MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)RMPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R
ElectiveEElectiveE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveR = Research Core
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous ContextsCO
  HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: a Remote PerspectiveCO
  Specialist ElectiveSE
  Specialist ElectiveSE
Year 2
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern ContextsCOMPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics (replaces ATI502 from 2020)COElectiveE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Year 3
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R  
ElectiveE  
Specialist ElectiveSE  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.

Applicants who don't meet the entry requirements, are advised to contact the course coordinator in the College of Indigenous Future, Education and the Arts by email to cifea_qateam@cdu.edu.au for further advice.

International entry pathway

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA 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 moduleA 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.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Master of Public Policy
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Business, Indigenous Knowledges, Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact details

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

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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SATAC

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UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

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SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM062
823190
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM562
873190
Online (CSP)
1CM062
823190
Online (FF)
1CM562
873190
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
089414J

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