University of Technology Sydney

C04323v2 Master of Applied Policy

Award(s): Master of Applied Policy (MAppPol)
Master of Applied Policy in Local Government Studies (MAppPol)

CRICOS code: 094553M
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City Campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

The Master of Applied Policy, offered by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG) is designed to develop practical knowledge and essential skills for policy making and management relevant to all levels of government.

To tailor their course, students can choose electives and sub-majors from a range of subjects across UTS.

The course uses several teaching formats, including intensive block mode and online delivery, designed and delivered by academics, practitioners and industry leaders.

The course offers students the opportunity to work across industry sectors on real-world problems and to critically apply their learning to case studies drawn from UTS: IPPG's research program and their own workplaces to innovate solutions. It includes active approaches to learning, including debates, case studies, role plays, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers.

The course offers a general policy stream focusing on professional applied practice, as well as major streams in Public Policy and Program Design, Evidence and Evaluation, Strategic Communication, Local government, Project Management, Behavioural Economics, and Public Leadership.

This course gives students practical knowledge that can be applied directly to professional practice.

The course has an applied focus, underpinned by contemporary policy making theories. It offers students the opportunity to critically apply their learning to real-world problems and build their understanding of policy formation, policy and program evaluation, and using evidence for influence and decision-making.

Course aims

Through the course students:

  • Learn to be a policy professional,
  • Gain general and technical skills they can immediately apply,
  • Understand the politics and processes of policy formation and program design, and
  • Become able to make robust evidence-based decisions.

Career options

Students find this course relevant if they are or would like to become:

  • Public policy officer or manager,
  • Program or evaluation officer,
  • Think tank adviser/researcher,
  • Policy research centre member,
  • Not-for-profit manager,
  • Ministerial office member,
  • Social justice advocate, and / or
  • Portfolio governance analyst.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent, or higher qualification, with at credit average
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy.

In addition, applicants need to provide:

  • a CV demonstrating relevant experience
  • an employer's letter confirming the dates of employment, and the position held, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) addressing their reasons for wanting to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of three years' relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating relevant experience
  • an employer's letter confirming the dates of employment, and the position held, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study the Graduate Certificate in Applied policy. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one-and-a-half-year, full-time, or three-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 72 credit points made up of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 12 credit point research project and 36 credit points of electives (including sub-majors).

Course completion requirements

STM91542 Core subjects (MApp Pol) 36cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp
CBK91968 Electives 12cp
Total 72cp

Course program

The follwing program is a typical year of study

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15627 Foundations in Public Policy   6cp
15628 Making Public Policy   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Spring session
15641 Evidence and Research for Decision Making   6cp
15642 Public Sector Governance   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
15636 Applied Policy Research Project   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91968 Electives 12cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
15641 Evidence and Research for Decision Making   6cp
15642 Public Sector Governance   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91968 Electives 12cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
15627 Foundations in Public Policy   6cp
15628 Making Public Policy   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Spring session
15636 Applied Policy Research Project   12cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Autumn commencing, part time
Year 1
Autumn session
15627 Foundations in Public Policy   6cp
15628 Making Public Policy   6cp
Spring session
15641 Evidence and Research for Decision Making   6cp
15642 Public Sector Governance   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91968 Electives 12cp  
Spring session
15636 Applied Policy Research Project   12cp
Spring commencing, part time
Year 1
Spring session
15641 Evidence and Research for Decision Making   6cp
15642 Public Sector Governance   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
15627 Foundations in Public Policy   6cp
15628 Making Public Policy   6cp
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91968 Electives 12cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Spring session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
15636 Applied Policy Research Project   12cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance
email ippg.postgraduate@uts.edu.au
telephone + 61 2 9514 4227