Public policy

Engage with the complex and challenging world of policy

Why study public policy online?


Prepare for a policy career in the public sector, with private agencies or with not-for-profit organisations. Combine theoretical and practical approaches to public policy. Explore the latest issues and approaches to policy at a local, national and global level.

Engage with the process of policy formation, and understand how to create an environment for successful delivery of programs. Examine the societal and political contexts that can influence policy creation and delivery. 

Studying online means that you can work in your learning around what you’re doing, whether you have a background in public policy, or you’re exploring a new direction.

Public policy highlights

  • Examine the delivery of policy programs.
  • Explore links between evidence, policy and practice.
  • Learn how public policy reform can be influenced.

Public policy specialisations

  • Understand how to engage stakeholders during the policy formation process.
  • Explore the potential and limits of public policy.
  • Communicate and explain new and existing policy to communities.

Why study online through OUA?

Find the right course for you

We can guide you in your selection from 190+ degrees, and 1400+ subjects, from leading Australian unis.

Start studying, regardless of history

We offer single undergraduate subjects from full degrees without any entry requirements.

Gain credit towards your degree

Apply for credit for past study, or your work experience, and finish faster.

Graduate with a degree from a leading uni

Enrol through us, and graduate with exactly the same university degree as on-campus students.

Feel supported from start to finish

Our student advisors can guide you in the right direction and help with your enrolment.

Get going with OUA

Compare and apply

We’ll help you find the right course for you. Our student advisors are ready to answer your questions.

Work out your finances

During your enrolment, we’ll offer you the option to pay upfront in full, or defer your payment using a student loan. Remember to look into income tax deductions for course fees and study-related expenses.

Get credit for your success

We won’t let your hard work go unrecognised. Choose to take a single subject, or combine your work as part of a degree.

We're here to help

Our student advisors can assist you with your enrolment, help you plan your studies and answer any questions about how studying through OUA works.