Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Public Policy and Management)

Course 095PP (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Year and Campus: 2012
CRICOS Code: 044109A
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months
Course Overview:

The postgraduate diploma allows students to undertake a research project in a specialist field of study. Students will gain considerable knowledge in an area of public policy and engage in critical assessment of the major theoretical claims of the discipline. The course provides a pathway to higher degree research for students who have not completed honours in public policy.


Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

  • complete the equivalent of fourth year honours with a research component and obtain a recognised qualification;
  • obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in public policy at masters or PhD level;
  • develop a specialist understanding of specific areas of study, showing an understanding of the latest research directions;
  • develop a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the specific issues in public policy.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
  • One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
  • One core subject (12.5 points)
  • three elective subjects (37.5 points)

Total 100 points

Subject Options:

Thesis Subject

Students must be enrolled in the thesis subject over two consecutive semesters.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Compulsory Subject

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Core Subjects

One core subject (12.5 points)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1

Elective Subjects

Elective subjects (three of):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2012
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in political science or cognate discipline with a grade average of H2B (70%) or equivalent in the major.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Graduate Attributes: None
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