University of Technology Sydney

C06121v2 Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy (GradDipAppPol)
CRICOS code: 094554K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Exit award
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy, offered by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG), is designed for current or aspiring professionals and practitioners in the public, private and non-profit sectors seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills base and career opportunities.

The course has an applied focus which is theoretically underpinned. It includes active approaches to learning including policy debates, case studies, role plays, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers. The course is informed by the applied policy and social research experience of the UTS: IPPG with government, industry and the community in the Australian context and internationally.

The course offers students the opportunity to critically apply their learning to case studies drawn from UTS: IPPG's research program and their own workplaces to innovate solutions.

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

The course utilises several teaching formats, including intensive block mode and online delivery, designed by academics, practitioners and industry leaders. Most subjects are offered in flexible mode and delivered in blocks or online for more effective integration of study and work commitments.

Course aims

Through the course students:

  • Learn to be a policy professional,
  • Gain general and technical skills that 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.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 24 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91196 Core subjects (Applied Policy) 24cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

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  
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
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
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  
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  
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
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91966 Sub-major/Options 24cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program of study made up of the Master of Applied Policy (C04323), Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy (C06121), and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy.

Exit award

Students can exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy after completing 24 credit points of specified subjects.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance
email Academic Programs Officer
telephone + 61 2 9514 1659