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100 Point Master of Public Policy and Management

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The Master of Public Policy and Management is the premier public policy program in Australia. For more than 30 years it has prepared students for leadership roles in Australia and internationally. It is designed for current and aspiring public, private and community sector leaders and managers, who seek to develop their public policy expertise. The program draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners engaged in researching and practising public policy and management.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Master of Public Policy and Management should be able to:

  • identify, compare, explain and translate major traditions, trends, challenges and policy responses and reforms in contemporary political debates, governance systems, processes of public policy making and public sector management with a nuanced appreciation of the expectations and roles of key actors and institutions in sub-national, national, regional and international contexts
  • critically select and employ appropriate research methods and techniques based on rigorous analysis, careful consideration of a range of data sources and cogent methodological frameworks along with an appreciation of emerging and innovative professional practices to establish strong evidentiary foundations
  • demonstrate mastery of the latest scholarship with confidence to meticulously and analytically discern an appraise contextual factors that could influence or impact desired policy or organisational outcomes
  • comfortably and assuredly work with complexity in terms of information and policy and managerial environments to creatively and expertly distinguish between different dilemmas and opportunities and to tailor strategies to empower a range of key actors, such as public managers and service users or clients, to negotiate change and to effectively resolve or mitigate conflict
  • engage in more abstract or esoteric discussions and be able to summarise, synthesise and meaningfully advise key policy community stakeholders in correctly using both specialist and non-specialist language
  • clearly and persuasively communicate to diverse audiences ranging from high-level government delegations to local communities with an awareness of cultural norms and sensitivities as well as agility to shift from shorter briefings to longer, detailed presentations
  • design and critique specialised policy and management documents, such as management strategies, budget statements, comprehensive lobbying strategies and case studies
  • exhibit in-depth technical understandings of policy and service design, implementation and delivery principles and challenges, acknowledging different impacts on and needs of less powerful users and communities 
  • improve accountability and integrity systems by drawing upon best practice and being cognisant of the importance of upholding at times distinctive public sector ethics and values
  • execute a substantial governance, public policy or public management research project both independently and within groups, through capstone subjects, a thesis or through an internship


Last updated: 16 November 2018