Courses & Units

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy R5M

Hobart, Distance Hobart


This course is offered on a full fee paying basis. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule.  

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 semester full-time or up to 2 years (or 2 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.


Course Name Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Course Abbreviation GradCertPubPol
Course Duration 0.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 2 Years
CRICOS code 048261E
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2


The GradCertPubPol aims to provide a quality tertiary qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework program. The course aims to provide students with

  • a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public policy;
  • skills to engage in informed debate about major public policy issues in contemporary society;
  • knowledge of recent developments in the field;
  • skills to appraise research critically.

Career Outcomes

Enhancement of students' careers by the achievement of a postgraduate award from a prestigious university.
The course is endorsed by, and has the support of, the Office of the State Service Commissioner.


Students may apply for credit for units passed in other courses (complete or incomplete).


Students are normally expected to have a minimum of a bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania or from another university or tertiary institution which is deemed equivalent, and a level of English equivalent to a score of 6.0 on an IELTS test. In exceptional circumstances the Faculty may admit a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience.

Students seeking entry into postgraduate courses based on employment experience only (i.e. no bachelor degree), will generally only be allowed entry at Graduate Certificate level.

The successful completion of 100% of coursework units with Distinction average is the pre-requisite for undertaking any thesis unit. Students who do not achieve at Distinction level in coursework components, but nonetheless complete 100% of units will be able to exit with a Graduate Diploma.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who undertake the GradCertPubPol may elect to complete an additional 50% of coursework units and achieve the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy. Students who take the additional coursework units plus the Research Thesis unit are eligible to graduate with a Master of Public Policy.

Students are required to complete 50% of coursework units taken from the schedule.

Course Structure

Schedule of units

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1[i]In these Specifications 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Arts acting on the advice of the Board of Humanities and Social Science.
 [ii]The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Graduate Certificate in Public Policy any of the following:
  (a)an applicant who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in the University of Tasmania;
  (b)an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);
  (c)in exceptional circumstances a person who holds a tertiary qualification and whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.
2Candidates shall complete the award requirements as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two separate semesters or a maximum of two years. In certain circumstances, Faculty may approve a suspension of candidature for a period not exceeding twelve calendar months.

Course structure

3To qualify for the award, the candidate shall successfully complete two units (including the core unit/s) as listed in the accompanying Schedule.
4[i]Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and co-requisites determined by the Faculty summarised in the Schedule.
 [ii]A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or more than 50% weighting if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester.
 [iii]Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.
 [iv]In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Faculty or in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

5Passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


6The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule.
7These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2002 and shall apply to all candidates for the award.
8The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Public Policy shall be GradCertPubPol.