Business School

Master of Public Policy

Do you want to lead the way in creating a better world?

The Master of Public Policy will give you a multi-disciplinary understanding of the role of government in economic activity and public policy decision making.

The course focuses on how government interacts with the economy and society. Topics include: economic growth, stability, taxation, infrastructure provision, regulation, health, defence, education, and social security.

Graduates are equipped for a variety of jobs, including policy analysts and managers in the public sector.

Students may choose to complete one or both of the following specialisations:

  • Economics
  • Public Administration and Governance
This course commences in July 2017.

Course information

Course Structure

Economics specialisation

The Economics specialisation is designed for students who want to enhance their ability to apply economic solutions to a wide range of public policy issues.

It integrates both theory and applications to develop skills that are essential in any policy-making position. It equips students with a strong academic foundation to their work, and the critical knowledge and skills for economic decision-making.
Core units
Elective units
  • ECON4408 Advanced Development Economics
  • PLNG5511 Climate Change Policy and Planning
  • SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
  • POLS5672 Critical Perspectives in International Development
  • ECON5518 Economics of Global Health and Policy
  • ECON4410 Environmental and Resource Economics
  • SOCS5501 Evaluation
  • LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance
  • PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
  • LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law
  • LAWS5378 Government Accountability - Law and Practice
  • ECON5502 International Finance and Markets
  • LAWS5507 International Oil and Gas Law
  • MKTG5505 Marketing and Society
  • SOCS5010 NGOs, Governance and Development
  • POLS5503 Public Administration
  • POLS5504 Public Sector Leadership in Practice
  • POLS5505 Regulation and Governance
  • ECON5506 The Economics of Financial Markets
  • POLS5683 US Foreign Policy
Conversion units
Students without an undergraduate degree in a cognate area may be required to complete up to four conversion units. Please contact the UWA Business School for further information.

Public Administration and Governance specialisation

The Public Administration and Governance specialisation prepares students to become future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest.

It integrates theory and practice to enhance knowledge and develop skills essential to a managerial career in the public sector. It equips students with a strong academic foundation to their work, and the critical knowledge and skills for managing and leading organisations.
Core units
Elective units
  • ANTH4101 Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
  • LAWS5521 Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
  • PLNG5511 Climate Change Policy and Planning
  • SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
  • POLS5672 Critical Perspectives in International Development
  • ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy
  • ECON5518 Economics of Global Health and Policy
  • ECON5515 Economic Growth and Institutions
  • ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
  • EDUC5658 Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
  • LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance
  • PUBH5749 Foundations of Public Health
  • SCIE4481 Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
  • LAWS5378 Government Accountability - Law and Practice
  • COMM5604 Media Governance
  • ECON5517 Public Finance
  • SOCS5003 Research Design
  • SOCS5101 Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
  • POLS5683 US Foreign Policy
Dissertation units
  • SOCS5003 Research Design
  • SOCS5551 Master's Dissertation 1
  • SOCS5552 Master's Dissertation 2
  • SOCS5553 Master's Dissertation 3
    • Conversion units
      Students without an undergraduate degree in a cognate area may be required to complete up to four conversion units. Please contact the UWA Business School for further information.

    Career options

    The Master of Public Policy is designed to nurture future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest.

    Graduates may be employed as public policy analysts (either in economics or public administration and governance), as well as managers in public sector departments and agencies.


     

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    At UWA, you’ll be in great company.

    With outstanding teaching and research activities, UWA is recognised as a World Top 100 university. The Good Universities Guide 2015 – the foremost non-government ranking of Australian universities – awarded UWA five star (maximum) rankings in student demand, graduate starting salaries, research intensivity, and research grants.

    The UWA Business School is the only business school in the State to hold international accreditation through both the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

    Our strong industry networks ensure you receive the best education, with a focus on practical skills. The UWA Business School’s corporate partners include Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), BDO, BHP Billiton, EY, Macquarie Group, Resource Capital Funds, UBS, Wesfarmers and Woodside. These firms provide guest lectures and case studies, host student boardroom lunches, sponsor scholarships and prizes, and undertake graduate recruitment activities, ensuring you graduate with the networks you need to build a successful long-term career.

    Course at a glance

    Location offered Crawley (Perth, Western Australia)
    Attendance types Part-time, Full-time
    Delivery mode Internal (on campus)
    Starting dates Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July)
    Weekly time commitment The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
    Standard full-time completion 1.5 - 2 years (depending on if advanced standing is granted for prior learning). For details, contact the Business School Student Centre.
    Maximum time to complete 5 years
    Course fees See our Course Calculator
    Scholarships See our Business School Scholarships and UWA Scholarships
    Course code 42580
    CRICOS Code TBA

    Admission requirements

    All students must meet UWA’s English language competency requirements.
    To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

     
    Pathway One
    • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent as recognised by UWA; and
    • Any one of the following:
      • The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or
      • A valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 550; or
      • At least five years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.
     

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