Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Public Policy is designed to give graduate students a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the government in economic activity and public policy decision making. It focuses on how the government interacts with the economy and society, through for example, economic growth, stability, taxation, infrastructure provision, regulation, health, defence, education and social security.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MPP
Course code
42580
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
093562G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Elisa Birch and Dr Katie Attwell
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Students may be required to complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points, as advised by the Faculty:

Take all units (12 points):

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2ECON5516The Economics of Public Policy
NSPOLS5501Public Policy

Economics specialisation

Take all units (30 points):

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
S2ECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
S1ECON5517Public Finance
Prerequisites:
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
S2ECON5519Public Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Public Policy (Economics specialisation) (42580) and completion of ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy and ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy.
S1ECON5540Economic Analysis and Policy
Prerequisites:
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ECON4408Advanced Development Economics
Prerequisites:
for Master of Public Policy: ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy; or enrolment in Master of Economics, Master of International Development Economics and Development specialisation, or honours Economics specialisation
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering Environmental Specialisation (62550) or the Master of Commerce (Advanced) (41650) or the Master of Economics (42620) or the Master of Professional Accounting (46210) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of International Development (71550) or the Master of Agricultural Economics (73530) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
Incompatibility:
ECON3311 Environmental and Resource Economics
S2ECON4450Advanced International Trade
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Master of Public Policy (42580); Master of Economics (42620); honours in the Economics specialisation (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
S1, S2ECON5506The Economics of Financial Markets
Prerequisites:
For Master of Commerce and Master of Economics students: ECON5541 Economics for Business: Applications and Policy or ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy; for Master of Applied Finance students: a finance major or FINA5533 Finance Essentials and FINA5523 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation and FINA5632 Investments and FINA5631 International Financial Analysis
S2ECON5518Economics of Global Health and Policy

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

Group D
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ECON5502International Finance and Markets
S1GEOG5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
Incompatibility:
SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance
NSLAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
S1MKTG5505Marketing and Society
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
NSPOLS5504Public Sector Leadership in Practice
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5503 Public Administration, POLS5501 Public Policy, SOCS5010 NGOs, Governance and Development and SOCS5501 Evaluation
S2POLS5505Regulation and Governance
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
NSPOLS5683US Foreign Policy
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5501Evaluation

Public Administration and Governance specialisation

Take all units (30 points):

Group E
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
NSPOLS5504Public Sector Leadership in Practice
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5503 Public Administration, POLS5501 Public Policy, SOCS5010 NGOs, Governance and Development and SOCS5501 Evaluation
S2POLS5505Regulation and Governance
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5501Evaluation

For students in the course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from this group.

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 6 points from either Group F or Group G.

Group F
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
Incompatibility:
ANTH7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Anthropology)
S2COMM5604Media Governance
S1GEOG5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
Incompatibility:
SOCS5502 Conservation, Development and Sustainability
NSPOLS5672Global Development Debates
NSPOLS5683US Foreign Policy

For students in the course by coursework only, take units to the value of 18 points from this group.

Group G
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1ECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
S2ECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
S1ECON5517Public Finance
Prerequisites:
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
S2ECON5518Economics of Global Health and Policy
S1ECON5540Economic Analysis and Policy
Prerequisites:
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
NS, S1EDUC5658Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance
NSLAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
NSLAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS4107 Land Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
ENVT3321 Climate Change Policy and Planning, ENVT8321 Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 credit points in the Master of International Journalism or Master of International Relations or Master of Strategic Communication or Graduate Diploma in Strategic Communication or Master of Heritage Studies or Master of Professional Archaeology or Master of International Development or double award Master of International Law and Master of International Relations or Master of Public Policy or Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies or Master of Asian Studies
NSSOCS5911Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places (12 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of 24 points of postgraduate study or approval by the unit coordinator. Students must submit a Researcher Profile Self-assessment prior to enrolment as part of an expression of interest in undertaking SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places. Eligible students must also complete the International Red Cross/Red Crescent 'Stay Safe—Personal Security' online module and present their certificate to the unit coordinator prior to commencement date. To register and access the online training go to: https://ifrc.csod.com/selfreg/register.aspx?c=sr-en.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5912 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places Part 2

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take unit(s) to the value of 24 points from this group.

Group H
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Exceptions to the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework may be considered provided the applicant satisfies additional admission requirements as set out in Rule 4(b) or 4(c), where relevant.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; or

(iii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) of no more than 5 years old with a score of at least 550; or

(iv) at least five years of relevant documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course;

or

(b) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(iii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(iv) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least.5 with no band less than 5.0);

or

(c) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(ii) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 6 with no band less than 5.5); or

(iii) successful completion of the UWA Pre-Master's Program in Business with a weighted average mark of at least 60 percent; and

(iv) successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a weighted average mark of at least 65 percent; and

(v) successful completion of a ten week CELT course (with a grade of at least B+) (for applicants with an overall IELTS score of at least 5.5 with no band less than 5.0).

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a relevant major as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty and are permitted to re-enrol.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students seeking to re-enrol in the course after being assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' must submit, after a period of at least twelve months, sufficient reason to the Faculty, in writing, demonstrating why an improvement in performance could reasonably be expected.

(4) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' and are subsequently permitted by the Faculty to re-enrol are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and must meet any conditions determined by the Faculty.

(5) Students who meet the conditions determined by the Faculty under (4), are assigned a progress status of 'Good Standing' by the Faculty.

(6) Students who have been assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' and who fail to meet conditions determined by the Faculty are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Multiple specialisations pathway

13. Students can specialise in both Economics and Public Administration & Governance by successfully completing 72 points from Groups A, B and E.

Specialisation in Public Administration and Governance by coursework and dissertation

14. Students specialising in Public Administration and Governance by coursework and dissertation must achieve 70 per cent or above in SOCS5003 Research Design to be eligible to undertake dissertation units.