Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

The Master of Public Policy is designed to give students a holistic understanding of the role of the government in economic activity, public policy decision-making and the law. You'll benefit from multidisciplinary and theoretical knowledge in the classroom, and interactive, practical cases found in real-world situations.

This course will help graduates make impact in their public policy careers by focusing on how the government interacts with the economy and society. Students can personally tailor this course to support their career goals, choosing from a range of option units in addition to foundational core classes. By the end of this qualification, you'll have a strong understanding of economic growth, stability, taxation, infrastructure provision, regulation, socio-legal issues, health, defence, education and social security. You'll be able to critique policy processes, lead policy analysis, and specialise in your chosen area of public policy. Use this postgraduate expertise to take you further in your current role, support you in moving towards a more senior position, or transition to a new career in policy-making.

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 / 2021
Administered by
UWA Business School
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
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Elisa Birch, Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor and Dr Marilyn Bromberg
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.

Specialisations

SP-ECONS Economics
SP-PAGOV Public Administration and Governance
SP-PLAW Law

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2021;
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 2022 or 2023.

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

Public Policy Program

Note: All students must complete 24 points of core units in the Public Policy Program Group and complete 24 points of one nominated specialisation.

Students can select the remaining 24 points:
- to undertake a second specialisation; or
- to take further units within their nominated specialisation; or
- to take a combination of units across the specialisations and from Group 1. Work Integrated Learning; or
- to complete a dissertation (only available to specialisation 2.Public Administration Governance ) taking all units in Group 2. Dissertation, upon firstly achieving 70% in SOCS5003 Research Design.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON5516The Economics of Public Policy
seminars: 3 hours per week
NSLAWS5260Intersections of Law, Policy and Government
April intensive - 4 full days 18-21 May
NSPOLS5501The Politics of Public Policy
Incompatibility:
LAWS5214 Public Policy
Seminars for this unit are delivered intensively
NSPOLS5504Public Sector Leadership in Practice
Prerequisites:
For students enrolled in the Master of Public Policy prior to 2020: Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5503 Public Administration, POLS5501 Public Policy, and SOCS5501 Evaluation. For students enrolled from 2020 onwards: Completion of 24 points of the Master of Public Policy, including POLS5501 Public Policy and POLS5503 Public Administration
up to 21 hours

Take up to 6 points from this group.

Note: Enrolment in SVLG5001 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship and SVLG5003 Wicked Problems is subject to approval by the course coordinator and is based on the suitability of the study project or problem.

Group 1. Work Integrated Learning

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2PARL5599WA Parliamentary Research Program
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in and completion of at least 48 points in the any one of the following courses: Master of Urban and Regional Planning; Environmental Science; Public Policy or Faculty Approval. Acceptance is also subject to Faculty placement and prior approval of availability in student study plans for this unit
Incompatibility:
PARL3399 WA Parliamentary Research Program
150 hours of study
NS, S1, S2SVLG5001McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics; for other students, none. Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Incompatibility:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS5174 Legal Internship
Internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 8 hours
N/ASVLG5003Wicked Problems
Prerequisites:
any bachelor's degree; permission/approval is required to enrol
The unit is a 6 week intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first week. In the remaining weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 15-20 hours altogether.
NS, S1, S2WILG5001Professional Development Practicum A
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 points of post graduate units and approval from the unit coordinator.
150 hours for pre-placement, placement and post-placement activities

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

Note: These units are only available to students in the Public Administration and Governance specialisation. Students must complete SOCS5003 Research Design in the semester preceding their dissertation and achieve 70% or above in that unit.

Group 2. Dissertation

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2MIXD5005Designing Social Research
Prerequisites:
for the following postgraduate course students (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy): 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; for other students: none.
Incompatibility:
SOCS5003 Research Design (ID 5135) BUSN4403 Business Research Methodology (ID 1661) GEOG5550 Research Design (ID 6181) EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (ID 3078)
up to 30 hours
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Students must have achieved 70 per cent or above in MIXD5005 Designing Social Research or SOCS5003 Research Design and have approval of the course coordinator to undertake this unit.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation Part 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.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation Part 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.
contact varies but up to 1 hour a week in a one-to-one meeting with a supervisor or in a small teaching and discussion group

Economics specialisation

Take all units (12 points):

Group 1. A

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ECON5514Economic Research and Evaluation Methods
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ECON5519Public Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Public Policy (Economics specialisation) (42580) and completion of ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy or enrolment in the Master of Economics
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Take units to the value of 12 points from this group.

Group 1.B

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ECON4408Advanced Development Economics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (BH002) or completion of 144 points in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or enrolment in the Master of Economics (42620), or Master of International Development Economics Development specialisation (71550), Master of Agriculture (73530) or the Master of Public Policy (42580) for Master of Public Policy: ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering Environmental Specialisation (62550) or the Master of Economics (42620) 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) or the Master of Public Policy (coursework or coursework and dissertation) (42580)
lectures: 2 hours; tutorials: 1 hour; labs: 1 hour (4 hours/week for 12 weeks)
S2ECON5515Economic Growth and Institutions
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1ECON5517Public Finance
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Master of Economics or the Master of Public Policy
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ECON5518Economics of Global Health and Policy
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1ECON5540Economic Analysis and Policy
Prerequisites:
ECON5516 The Economics of Public Policy
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week

Law specialisation

Students with a law background take all units (6 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS5215Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 6 - 8 April, plus 16 April

Students without a law background take all units (6 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS4227Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
Incompatibility:
Students with a recognised Law degree or LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance.
This unit is delivered intensively in 'flipped mode' and is offered twice a year. 10 online modules are to be completed in advance of two face-to-face sessions which will run 18-19 February and 22-23 July. Students must attend the face-to-face sessions.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group 3.A

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSLAWS5114International Environmental Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Students must attend 4 full days, Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th January 2021
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 23, 30 August and 6, 13, 20 September. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5224Foundations of Public International Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 25 and 26 February. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5226International Human Rights Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
N/ALAWS5230Aviation Law
Prerequisites:
Master of Public Policy students and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students who do not have a legal background take LAWS4227 Foundations of Law as a prerequisite so as to more fully comprehend and understand the unit.
8-12 January 2018
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 29-31 Jan and 3-4 Feb. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy, the unit LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended as a pre-requisite for students who do not have a legal background.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 14-16 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy and Graduate Certificate in Public Policy students: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions
This unit will run online with pre-reading from 27th April. Interactive classes will be held in the final week of May (25-29). Refer to the LMS page for further information,
N/ALAWS5577Space and Satellite Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics For Master of Public Policy students, LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions is recommended.
5 full days of intensive teaching.
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
Prerequisites:
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 research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
 OCEN4001Oceans Governance

Public Administration and Governance specialisation

Take all units (12 points):

Group 2.A

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPOLS5503Public Administration
Seminars: delivered intensively
NSPOLS5505Regulation and Governance
seminar classes: 6 X 3 hour weekly interactive workshops

Take 12 points to complete the specialisation.

Group 2.B

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1COMM5604Media Governance
up to 24 hours
S2PLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
One day a week over six weeks.
NSPOLS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
seminars: 18 hours
SSPOLS5301Democracy in Divided Societies
This unit is delivered intensively over 2 weeks.
NSPOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
seminars: 18 hours (over the course of a semester)
NSSOCS5501Evaluation
Taught intensively over 6 weeks (second half of S1),

See also the rules for the course and the Student 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 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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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.(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;

or

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

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy at UWA.

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.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

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

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Public Policy course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

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 :

  • SP-ECONS Economics
  • SP-PAGOV Public Administration and Governance
  • SP-PLAW Law

(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 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) 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 which is calculated based on—

(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.