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Key details

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

SPPOL2
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Master of Public Policy gives you in-depth knowledge in political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy and solid understanding of evidence-based policy development and evaluation imbedded within practical research theories and methodologies. 

Challenge yourself by taking on Masters' level study and gain transferrable skills to advance your career.

The course is designed to uniquely focus on northern Australia and its relation to South-East Asia.

You'll explore policy issues in remote contexts, the significance of First Nations peoples and cultures, and the regions proximity to South-East Asia.

Streams include:

  • education
  • environment and livelihoods
  • health and social policy
  • Indigenous contexts
  • public management and governance
  • secure and safe communities.

The 2 year (full-time) or 4 year (part-time) course, can be studied 100% online or on-campus and culminates in a research project that explores issues of research in policy related fields.

Whilst the structure is mostly prescriptive, there is scope within the course to conceptualise new thinking in an important public policy research project of your choice.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas and to tailor a course to suit. During course engagement 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

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.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The course comprises of a total of 160 credit points, involving completion of four (4) core units that provide a background and context to the study. Students then select between two (2) to eight (8) units from a variety of specialist streams relevant to their field of employment and/or interest allowing you to tailor your studies to your context by drawing in units from other fields of study including relevant policy units from other tertiary institutions.

Course structure

The final 40 credit points of research project units are developed and designed in collaboration with your supervisor.


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • This course is being accredited for 2023 and some changes may apply.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


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
(4 units)
40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy
MPP506 Public Policy Practice
MPP507 Evidence and Policy Evaluation

Research Units (2 units)40cpCompulsory Research Project units totalling 40 credit points.
These units are to  be taken following completion of a minimum of 80 credit points of study.

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

Specialist Electives
(2 - 8 units)
40cp - 80cp

Units totalling minimum 20 credit points selected from the list of available Research Methodologies units detailed below.

Research Methodologies
Select 20cp from the following prior to undertaking MPP610 and MPP611.
EMG505 Research Methodologies in Education
ENV511 Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
HGE501 Topics in Human Geography: A 'Remote' Perspective
IAS501 Research Methods 1 (20cp)
IAS521 Principles of Research in Indigenous Contexts
IAS524 Indigenous Representation and Ethical Practice
MPP502 Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts
MPP503 Realist Research and Evaluation
MPP505 Policy and Ethnography
PHM526 Research Design
PHM527 Research, Ethics and Impact
PHM588 Qualitative Research

Units totalling up to 60 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed above or from the list below. The Specialist Elective units can be taken from one stream or spread across streams.

Education

EMG502 Philosophies and Ethics
EMG503 Assessment and Quality Assurance in Learning and Teaching
EMG504 Leadership in Education
IAS538 Challenging Educational Paradigm
EMG609 Internship(20cp) (repeatable)

Environment and Livelihoods

ENG519 Sustainability
ENV501 Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
ENV503 Ecological Restoration and Conservation
ENV507 Fire Ecology and Management
ENV509 Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
ENV513 Environmental Planning and Policy
ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
ENV520 Wildlife Management
ENV521 Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management

Health and Social Policy

PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM517 Public Health Anthropology
PHM523 Health Promotion
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research
PHM536 Health Systems, Planning and Management
PHM554 Public Health Economics and Decision Making
PHM559 Health Policy
PHM567 Public Health

Indigenous Contexts

ENV517 Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
IAS530 Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
IAS532 Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
IAS533 Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
IAS536 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Challenges of Reconciliation
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM525 Indigenous Health Research

Public Management and Governance

BUS504 Sustainable Enterprise
BUS506 Global Megatrends
BUS508 Business Analytics
ENT501 Sustainable Entrepreneurship
MAN514 Management for the Executive
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and Reliability

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
SWK522 Co-Creating Social Justice in Practice
SWK524 Communities, Social Change and Development
SWK526 Leadership in Social Policy
SWK558 Cultural Security in Child Protection Practice
 

Electives
(0-4 units)
0-40 cps

Units totalling up to 40 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.

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • This course is being accredited for 2023 and some changes may apply.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State PoliticsCOMPP506 Public Policy PracticeCO
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern ContextsCOSpecialist Elective - Research MethodologySE
Specialist Elective - Research MethodologySESpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
Year 2
MPP507 Evidence and Policy EvaluationCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
Specialist ElectiveSESpecialist ElectiveSE
MPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)RMPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R

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
  MPP506 Public Policy PracticeCO
  Specialist Elective - Research MethodologySE
  Specialist Elective - Research MethodologySE
  Specialist ElectiveSE
Year 2
IAS531 Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State PoliticsCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
MPP501 Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern ContextsCOSpecialist ElectiveSE
MPP507 Evidence and Policy EvaluationCOMPP610 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Year 3
Specialist ElectiveSE  
Specialist ElectiveSE  
MPP611 Public Policy Research Project (20cp)R  

 

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 ZMQP02) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1 or ZAMQP2) 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.

 

The Arts courses at CDU are flexible and adaptable, with the option to choose from a wide range of both practical and specialised majors or study themes. We encourage students to ask about how a program can be tailored to fit their interests and career goals. Don’t be afraid to ask that question.

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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
Humanities and Social Sciences, Indigenous Knowledges, Arts

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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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

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

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM138
N/A
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM638
N/A
Online (CSP)
1CM138
N/A
Online (FF)
1CM638
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
110626F

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