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Master of Public Policy
Master of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy

  • ID:UWA610177
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

​(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy at UWA.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

With seminars led by scholars, the course is complemented with guest lectures from leading practitioners, and case studies that provide students with multiple opportunities to apply what they have learned to effectively address public, social, and economic issues.

Students may choose to complete specialisations in Economics or Public Administration and Governance, or both.

In the Economics specialisation, students will study the role of markets and government in the economy and methods of economic evaluation. This is an applied economics program, focusing on a wide range of areas, including finance, taxation, health, housing, education, transport, utilities, trade, development and the environment. Taking a global perspective, this specialisation mixes theory and practice to develop the competencies of professionals working in increasingly complex public, corporate, or not-for-profit organisations either in Australia or internationally.

The Public Administration and Governance specialisation prepares students to become future leaders of government organisations and non-profit organisations. It is also designed for students who are keen to pursue a managerial career in private businesses working with government. It equips students with a strong academic foundation to their work, and the analytical and problem-solving skills to meet new challenges in public policy-making and governance in our rapidly changing world. It consists of two pathways: coursework only; and coursework and dissertation..


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Course structure details

Take all units (24 points):

  • ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy (6)

  • LAWS5260 Intersections of Law, Policy and Government (6)

  • POLS5501 The Politics of Public Policy (6)

  • POLS5504 Public Sector Leadership in Practice (6)

Take up to 6 points from this group.

  • PARL5599 WA Parliamentary Research Program (6)

  • SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (6)

  • SVLG5003 Wicked Problems (6)

  • WILG5001 Professional Development Practicum A (6)

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from this group.

  • MIXD5005 Designing Social Research (6)

  • SOCS5551 Master's Dissertation Part 1 (6)

  • SOCS5552 Master's Dissertation Part 2 (6)

  • SOCS5553 Master's Dissertation Part 3 (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The Master of Public Policy is designed to nurture current and future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest. Graduates may be employed in a wide variety of public areas, ranging from policy analysis, through to management of departments and agencies.

This course is particularly useful for people with a range of skills in other areas (such as science or engineering), as it will complement your skills in these areas, and enable you to progress through to senior levels of policy or management positions in the public sector.

  • Analyst

  • Business Administration Manager

  • Chief Executive

  • Chief Information Officer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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