UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleMaster of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMPP
Course code42580
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byUWA Business School
CRICOS code093562G
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsMid-year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 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 duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Elisa Birch and Dr Katie Attwell

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
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 2018 or 2019.

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

S2ECON5516The Economics of Public Policy
NSLAWS5214Public Policy

Economics specialisation

Take all units (30 points):

Group B

N/AECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
N/AECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
N/AECON5517Public Finance
S2ECON5519Public Economics
N/AECON5540Economic Analysis and Policy

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

Group C

S1ECON4408Advanced Development Economics
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
N/AECON4450Advanced International Trade
S1, S2ECON5506The Economics of Financial Markets
N/AECON5518Economics of Global Health and Policy

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

Group D

S2ECON5502International Finance and Markets
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
NSLAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
S1MKTG5505Marketing and Society
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
N/APOLS5503Public Administration
N/APOLS5504Public Sector Leadership in Practice
S2POLS5505Regulation and Governance
NSPOLS5672Critical Perspectives in International Development
NSPOLS5683US Foreign Policy
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5501Evaluation
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability

Public Administration and Governance specialisation

Take all units (30 points):

Group E

N/APOLS5503Public Administration
N/APOLS5504Public Sector Leadership in Practice
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

S2ANTH4101Advanced Qualitative Methods: Interviews and Focus Groups
S1COMM5604Media Governance
NSPOLS5672Critical Perspectives in International Development
NSPOLS5683US Foreign Policy
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability

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

Group G

N/AECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
N/AECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
N/AECON5517Public Finance
N/AECON5518Economics of Global Health and Policy
N/AECON5540Economic Analysis and Policy
NS, S1EDUC5658Education Policy Trends: Global to Local
NSLAWS5227Foundations of Law and Governance
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
NSSOCS5003Research Design
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1

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

Group H

NSSOCS5003Research Design
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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. 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.

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) 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.

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.