Course overview


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

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Public Policy
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate certificate
Current / 2024
Administered by
UWA Business School

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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Tushar Bharati, Associate Professor Paul Maginn and Professor Erika Techera
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.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
not available in 2024 – may be available in 2025 or 2026
non-standard teaching period

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

Take 24 points from this group.

Group A
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
ECON2271 Introductory Econometrics
seminars: 3 hours per week
N/AECON5515Economic Growth and InstitutionsNoneseminars: 3 hours per week
S1ECON5516The Economics of Public PolicyNoneseminars: 3 hours per week
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Successful completion of
20820 Juris Doctor
or 21190 Bachelor of Laws
This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance (opening two weeks before) of two face-to-face sessions which will run 22 and 23 February 2024 and 18-19 July 2024. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.
N/ALAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk RegulationNone
NSLAWS5223Theories for Contemporary Criminal Justice
For Master of Public Policy
or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
This unit will run . Attendance at all sessions is 5,12,19,26 August. Attendance Compulsory
NSLAWS5260Intersections of Law, Policy and GovernmentNoneThis unit will run as an intensive on 21-22 and 24-25 October as well as an introductory session on 9 September. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory.
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
LAWS5214 Public Policy
18 hours per semester.
S2POLS5503Public AdministrationNoneSeminars: delivered intensively
NSPOLS5505Regulation and GovernanceNoneseminar classes: 6 X 3 hour weekly interactive workshops

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;


(c) at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or

(2) significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.

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. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 42280 Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (24 points)
  • 42580 Master of Public Policy (96 points)
Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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. This rule is not applicable to this course.


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).