Courses & Units

Master of Public Policy (R7M)

The Master of Public Policy is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 calendar year (or 3 semesters) full-time or up to 3 years (or 6 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement.

Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 1.5 Years

Up to a maximum of 4 Years

Location

Hobart, Distance Hobart

ATAR

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

See entry requirements below


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone: 1300 363 864
Email: Course.Info@utas.edu.au
Online: Enquiries


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Duration

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Minimum 1.5 Years

Up to a maximum of 4 Years

Location

Hobart, Distance Hobart

Academic Requirements

See entry requirements below

CRICOS

Code: 048271C


Course intake

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Course rules

See full course rules and guidelines

Course contact

Phone:+61 3 8676 7017
Online: International enquiries


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Course objectives

The MPubPol aims to provide a high quality tertiary qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework-plus-thesis 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;
  • extensive skills to design, conduct and appraise research critically.

Course structure

The University reserves the right to amend or remove courses and unit availabilities, as appropriate.

For students who commenced prior to 2015, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. 

Students must complete 150 credit points units from the schedule below, including the 2 x 25 credit point core coursework units and the Research Thesis units.

Schedule of units

Students must complete two of the following core units (totalling 50 points).

This unit examines the central approaches to understanding the policy process. Key phases of this process will be explored including the initiation, development, implementation, evaluation and analysis of public policy. Difficulties and ambiguity inherent within political decision making will also…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores major conceptual, empirical and normative issues surrounding the implementation and evaluation of public policy. Both of these phases of the policy process are examined separately and in relation to each other and to other concepts such as…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school
LauncestonWinter school
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students undertake independent research on an approved subject. The results of the research are reported in a thesis of 15,000 words. Guidance is provided by your appointed supervisor throughout the semester.…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSummer school
HobartWinter school
HobartSpring school
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
LauncestonSummer school
LauncestonWinter school
LauncestonSpring school

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus 50 points of Elective units from the following list:

`Government` as a set of institutions is no longer synonymous with `government` as a process. As a result, the term 'governance' is increasingly used to account for a growing number of situations where governance occurs without government. The reasons for…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is an environmental politics based unit that examines the governance challenge of emissions reduction in terms of wicked problems, failed politics and policy, post Kyoto prospects, and policy implementation and evaluation. It moves from macro-politics to the micro policy…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Involves supervised reading on a topic selected by the student in consultation with an appropriate member of staff. Students must justify why they wish to enrol in this unit instead of another unit on offer. Enrolment in this unit requires…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with the opportunity for advanced level study of selected marine and Antarctic political issues concerning such topics as the Antarctic Treaty System; Law of the Sea and oceans governance; global, regional and domestic fisheries management; and…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit and its two component modules address key principles underpinning government within a Westminster parliamentary system. The unit aims to provide a background to, and understanding of the theory and practice of public administration and management. The unit will…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit permits students to undertake an internship or work placement as part of their postgraduate studies. Internships vary across programs in the School of Social Sciences but may (for instance) be undertaken in a number of public sector agencies,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit permits students to undertake an internship or work placement as part of their postgraduate studies. Internships vary across programs in the School of Social Sciences but may (for instance) be undertaken in a number of public sector agencies,…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

An approved unit from elsewhere in the University may, under certain circumstances, be substituted a 25 point elective subject to Coordinator approval.

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.

Credit

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.

Direct entry for admission is approved subject to successful completion of 100% of coursework units with Distinction average prior to progression to thesis unit/s, is required for articulation to the this Masters.

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.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including the core unit) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

Fees

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.

Scholarships

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