Responsible faculty or institute:
Arts (principal) Campus(es) Offered:
, Distance/flexible Course Duration: Minimum
1 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Dr Hannah Murphy (03 6226 7204)
This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.
International students please refer to International Services at
The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 academic year (or 2 semesters) full-time or up to 2 years (or 4 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.
These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2010. For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.
Admission & Prerequisites
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.
Progression from Graduate Diploma to Masters requires results of Distinction average.
Direct entry at Masters level will generally only be allowed if the student has achieved results of Distinction average at undergraduate level.
International students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry at Masters level can obtain direct entry at Graduate Diploma level and package this with an offer for entry to Masters
subject to achieving distinction average at Graduate Diploma level (if they meet the entry requirement for the Graduate Diploma). Please note: initial enrolment will be in a Graduate Diploma and progression to Masters will only be allowed if students achieve a Distinction average at Graduate Diploma level.
The GradDipPubPol 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 conduct and appraise research critically.
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).
Articulation to/from Course
Students who undertake the GradDipPubPol may elect to complete the Research Thesis unit and achieve the Master of Public Policy. Students who terminate their studies after completing 50% of the coursework units (including the core unit) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.