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Overview

Gain a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of a rapidly changing policy environment, with growing public scrutiny, shrinking resources, and new trans-boundary challenges through the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.

Explore the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels. During this course, you will study migration, corruption, crisis management, governance and the environment. The course also brings together theoretical insights from public policy, with examples from the political world.

Why study with us? The degree is designed for those working or looking to work in government and the public sector, and for those working in non-government or private sector bodies who seek a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making. Based within the University's Department of Government and International Relations, you will study electives such as international relations, comparative politics and Australian politics, gaining a deeper understanding of policy design and implementation. Join practically minded and career-oriented peers, with the opportunity to create valuable networks. Capitalise on the many government and private sector networks available in Sydney.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.
Study plan
The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy requires the satisfactory completion of 4 units of study (24 credit points) (cp), including the core unit of study (6cp) GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics, plus at least one other core unit of study (6cp) from the designated selection. Other units of study are normally chosen from the list of approved electives, or undertaken in a relevant or related field, subject to the approval of the academic coordinator.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Admission requires a bachelor's degree with a major in the social sciences from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.

Career Pathways

This course provides opportunities for a career in administration, research, planning, education and management. Our graduates have become policy analysts in national, state and local government, advisers to political parties, business groups and trade unions, strategic planners or advisers on government/business relations, policy experts within non-profit or `third sector' agencies and policy advocates for international organisations such as the United Nations.

Domestic students

International students

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