Master of Public Policy and Management
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Explore issues around governance and public policy. Develop critical research skills. Apply relevant theories to the analysis of challenges in public administration. Learn to adapt communications to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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Flinders University is a globally-focused, locally-engaged institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. We offer world‐class education that develops the critical and creative thinking skills to support a student’s success. Our courses offered through OUA span business, education and law. They are designed with flexibility in mind, while delivering the advanced qualifications to take careers to the next step.
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- have an integrated and advanced understanding of concepts, theories, contemporary trends and developments in public policy, administration and management;
- have the ability to reflect on and synthesise complex information and issues, and apply relevant theories to the analysis of problems and challenges in public administration, public policy and public management;
- have developed appropriate critical research and evaluative skills, and the capacity to clearly articulate the implications of their findings for the theory and practice of public administration, public policy and/or public management.
Graduates are suitable for careers in management, policy or administrative roles in the public service, local, state and national government or in private and non-government organisations.
Applicants must normally:
- hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, or;
- hold the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, or the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Flinders University or equivalent qualification and must have achieved a Flinders equivalent grade point average of 4.50 or above in this postgraduate study.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.
Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at www.flinders.edu.au/credit
This degree is intended for applicants who are looking to develop their knowledge of current trends in public policy and policy analysis, public sector reform and governance, instruments and issues in public sector management, and the role of culture and context in public administration.
It is 15 months in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete eight core (compulsory) subjects and seven subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available. These subjects aim to provide students a comprehensive understanding of public administration, policy and management, and the development of qualitative and quantitative skills in policy analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
It is expected that POAD8014 Public Policy and POAD8022 Public Management will normally be completed before other subjects are undertaken.
As a guide, full-time students generally undertake two subjects per study period and part-time students undertake one subject per study period.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Public Policy and Management, students must successfully complete ten core (compulsory) subjects and five subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available.