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2012 Diploma in Public Policy(R2D)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 1.5 yrs, Maximum 4 yrs.
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The Diploma of Public Policy is offered by the Faculty of Arts at the Hobart campus, the Launceston campus and via flexible delivery. It can be undertaken on part-time basis over 1.5 years or a maximum of four consecutive years. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

The Diploma offers undergraduate students the opportunity to obtain a career relevant qualification in public policy, which will enhance their Bachelor degree. It will introduce students to the fundamental components of our political system and the theory and practice of policy making in Australia. It focuses on the contemporary topics of governance and public policy analysis and aims to develop students' understanding of the political, social, economic and organisational processes that shape public policy.

Admission & Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to meet the normal requirements set by the University for entry to degree courses. There are also several categories of special admission and they can be viewed at

Career Outcomes

The course prepares students for careers in areas such as analysing, developing and advising on policy options for national, state and local government, consulting on social and environmental issues, government relations for non-governmental agencies and strategic planning in government and non-government sectors.

Articulation to/from Course


Students who graduate with the Diploma in Public Policy and wish to enter the Bachelor of Arts will be granted credit to the value of 50% (4 x 12.5%) towards the BA, comprising 25% student electives at introductory and 25% student electives at intermediate level, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that degree. Students will be granted full credit towards the BA degree for units studied in an incomplete Diploma in Public Policy, if the Diploma has not been taken concurrently with that degree. Credit toward other Bachelor degrees will be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the University rule. Students who transfer to the BA from the Diploma and receive full credit cannot graduate with the Diploma in Public Policy. Students who are granted credit from the completed Diploma in Public Policy towards the BA cannot complete a major/minor in the Public Policy.

Students who are pursuing concurrent study in both the Diploma and either a bachelor or postgraduate degree, could receive credit to the maximum value of 25% (2x12.5%) toward the main degree*, subject to successfully passing units in the Diploma; unless otherwise stated by the coordinator of the relevant degree (undergraduate or postgraduate).

*Provided that the discipline taken in the Diploma is the same or similar as the discipline pursuing in the main Bachelor or Postgraduate degree; as determined by the course coordinator.

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