Master of Public Policy
Learn how to influence change
Delve into the intricacies of public policy. Get to know the principles of good governance. Test your knowledge with a research project or internship. Go on to make vital public policy decisions within government departments.
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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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On completion of this course you will be able to:
- assess complex concepts, theories, contemporary trends and developments in public policy
- evaluate complex information and issues in order to address problems and challenges in public policy using appropriate theories
- investigate public policy theory and practice related using critical research and evaluative skills
- discuss acquired knowledge, skills and ideas with specialist and non-specialist audiences
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Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or hold the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management or the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy or the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management 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
If you are a current or aspiring public sector manager or policy maker, the postgraduate program in public administration provides opportunities for you to enhance your understanding, knowledge and skills in this area. It includes courses at the graduate diploma and masters level.
The program is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law, and postgraduate courses in public administration have been taught at Flinders University since 1986. The program is designed with the needs of current and future public-sector employees in mind and is reviewed regularly. It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete nine core subjects and seven elective subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available. These subjects aim to provide a broad overview of issues in public policy and administration. As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four subjects per semester and part-time students undertaken two subjects per semester.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Public Policy, students complete nine core subjects and seven elective subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available. These subjects aim to provide a broad overview of issues in public policy and administration.