Students who commenced their course before 2012 should consult the rules below.

  • Pre-2012 rules
    • 7. Law Rules
      • Law Rules for postgraduate courses

        Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are only available to re-enrolling students.

        • Master of Public Administration (by coursework) (20570) Only available to re-enrolling students.

          Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

          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

          1.A(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.

          (3) 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 the rules for this course.

          (4) A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of (3) is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation'.


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

          (a) a bachelor's degree of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


          (b) at least 12 months' relevant work experience.

          Course structure

          3. The course consists of units to a total value of 72 to 78 points comprising—

          (a) units to a value of at least 30 points from Group A in Table a (Master of Public Administration options);


          (b) units to make up the remaining number of points required for the course from Group B and Group C1 in Table a (Master of Public Administration options).

          1 Students are encouraged wherever possible to select an equal number of units from the units listed in each of Groups B and C in Table a (Master of Public Administration options).

          Variations to course structure

          4. In exceptional circumstances, the Faculty may permit or require variations to the course structure described in Rule 3 but a student must complete at least one unit at each of the participating universities.


          5.(1) The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a total value of 36 points for studies completed within the previous five years.

          [Approved addition to University Policy]

          (2) Within the overall credit limit set out in (1), credit may be granted—

          (a) to a maximum of 36 points for relevant studies completed in postgraduate courses at a recognised tertiary institution;

          (b) to a maximum of 16 points for units completed through Continuing Education at this University.

          [Approved exception to University Policy]

          (3) The Faculty may, in special circumstances, approve an extension to the five-year limitation on credit.

          Satisfactory progress

          6. 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 with academic penalty.

          Progress status

          7.(1) Part-time students, or those commencing mid-year, in their first year of enrolment who fail to make satisfactory progress are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

          (2) Students other than those covered by (1) who fail to make satisfactory progress are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

          Award of degree with distinction

          8. 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 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark; and

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

          • Table a—Master of Public Administration options
            Key to availability of units:
            S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = Summer teaching period;
            T1 = Trimester 1; T2 = Trimester 2; T3 = Trimester 3;
            NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period;
            N/A = not available in 2019; * = to be advised

            Note: The unit availability does not form part of the rules and may be subject to change.

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

            Group A

            Where a unit in this group has an equivalent, it may be taken at either The University of Western Australia or Curtin University.

            AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name
            ENRL8550The Machinery of Government 500 1
            ENRL8551Public Policy Analysis and Design 500 1
            ENRL8552Markets and Government 500 (equivalent to ECON7405 Public Economics at UWA)
            ENRL8553Managing in the Public Sector 500 1
            ENRL8554Public Sector Communications 500 1
            ENRL8556Ethics, Public Values and Policy 500 1
            ENRL8557Work-based Project 500 1

            1 No equivalent UWA unit in 2015. Refer to the Curtin University handbook.

            Group B—The University of Western Australia options
            AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name
            NSEDUC5631Educational Research Design
            NS, S1EDUC5658Globalising Education Policy
            S1HRMT5518Strategic Human Resource Management
            LAWS5324Medicine and the Law
            LAWS5534Indigenous Peoples and the Law
            LAWS5539Criminology, Criminal Law and Public Policy
            NSLAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
            LAWS5543Measuring Crime and Monitoring the Administration of Criminal Justice
            LAWS5544Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Policy
            LAWS5555Employee Relations Law
            LAWS5561Theories of Punishment and Principles of Sentencing
            T1, T2, T3MGMT5501Organisational Behaviour
            NS, T1, T2MGMT5570Organisational Change and Transformation
            S2INMT5620Management of Information Systems
            MGMT5623Leadership Effectiveness
            S2MKTG5505Marketing and Society
            S1PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
            S2PUBH5752Health Systems and Economics
            NSPUBH5763Health Leadership and Management
            Group C—Curtin University options 1
            AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name
            ENRL8558Managerial Leadership 561
            ENRL8559Organisational Behaviour 550
            ENRL8560Accounting (Public Sector) 567
            ENRL8561Leadership in a Dynamic Global Environment 520
            ENRL8562Social Policy 501—Social Policy in Australia
            ENRL8563Social Policy 505—Theoretical Perspectives on Social Policy
            ENRL8564Social Policy 507—Economic Foundations of Social Policy
            ENRL8565Social Policy 602—Social Policy Practice
            ENRL8566International Health and Primary Health Care 600
            ENRL8567Economics (Public Finance) 568

            1 Refer to the Curtin University handbook for availability.

        • Professional doctorates
          Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

          The University Policy on: Professional Doctorates applies in this Faculty.