This comprehensive degree builds practical knowledge and essential skills for international careers in policy making and management across the spectrum of public sector activities. The multi-disciplinary program develops understanding of the processes of policy formation, the delivery of policy programs, and the political and structural realities that can impact on decision-making. The course combines a focus on foundation knowledge and understanding of critical issues in public policy, governance, and policy analysis and evaluation with the choice of a broad range of policy specialisations including: Cultural and creative industries, Diplomacy and international trade, Health and social policy, Organisational leadership, Public finance, Regulatory policy, Sustainability and the environement, Transport and Urban policy. Participants are equipped for careers in public, not-for-profit and private organisations engaged in policy development and program delivery at all levels of government and between governments.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
Master by coursework
2 years FT, 4 years PT
This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years or 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent.
You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Public Policy
Graduate Certificate of Arts
Graduate Diploma of Arts
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- employ expert knowledge and specialist skills in policy development, research, management and evaluation to enable discipline based solutions relevant to diverse business, professional and public policy communities
- devise and deliver innovative solutions to policy-related challenges employing advanced critical thinking, evaluation and research skills
- communicate policy-related matters and advocacy effectively and perceptively in a range of formats to professional and non-professional audiences
- demonstrate leadership capacity in cross-cultural competence, effective team engagement, and ethical values.
The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundation study, Part B. Core Master's Study and Part C Advanced Expertise. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part C or both.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
Part A. Foundation Studies (24 points)
These studies provide you with an introduction to public policy and practice.
Part B. Core Master's Study (48 points)
The focus of these studies is public policy theory and practice that will contribute to a portfolio of professional development program of core coursework study supplemented by the choice of:
- an internship in the field
- an international study program
- a research project
- study in designing research in humanities and social sciences.
Part C. Advanced Expertise (24 points)
These studies provide you with an opportunity to specialise in a policy related field or to select unit options for a general degree. You have two options:
- a 24 point research thesis. If you wish to use this Masters course as a pathway to a higher degree by research you should take this second option.
- 24 points of study from a choice of policy specialisations.
If you are admitted to the course, and have a recognised honours degree in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences, you will receive credit for Part C. However, should you wish to complete a 24 point research project as part of the course you should consult with the course coordinator.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations studies (24 points), Part B. Core Master's Study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced expertise (24 points).
Depending on prior qualifications you may receive entry level credit (a form of block credit) which determines their point of entry to the course:
- If you are admitted at entry level 1 you complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C.
- If you are admitted at entry level 2 you complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C
- If you are admitted at entry level 3 you complete 48 points, comprising Part B.
Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a6028.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise specified.
If you are eligible to enroll in the 1.5-year entry point, you have the option of completing this course intensively over a 12-month period by following the intensive course progression mapintensive course progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-a6028-1yr.pdf).
Part A. Foundation study (24 points)
You must complete the following units:
- Advanced academic skills
- Public management (12 points)
- Policy and political communication
Part B. Core Master's study (48 points)
a. You must complete the following units (36 points):
- Foundations of Public Policy (12 points)
- Governance (12 points)
- Policy Analysis and Evaluation (12 points)
b. One capstone unit (12 points) chosen from the following:
- Professional internship (12 points)
- Research project (12 points)
- Designing research in the humanities and social sciences (12 points)
- Political, economic and business dynamics in Chile and Latin America (12 points)
Note: 1. You may undertake more than one of the capstone units under the General Studies specialisation of Part C of the program.
Note: 2. If you are planning to take the thesis option under Part C of the program you must completeas your capstone unit.
Part C. Advanced studies (24 points)
If you are admitted at Entry Level 1 you complete Option 1, 2 or 3 below.
If you are admitted at Entry Level 2 you complete either Option 1 or 2 below.
a. The following unit/s:
- Research thesis (24 points) or Research thesis A (12 points) and Research thesis B (12 points)*
* If you are admitted to the course at Entry level 3 and wish to complete this 24 point research thesis you should consult with the course coordinator.
Policy specialisations (24 points)
You must complete one policy area in which to specialise from the list below or complete 24 points under the general studies stream:
Cultural and creative industries
- Cultural economy and sustainable development (12 points)
- Creative cities (12 points)
- Creative entrepreneurship in cultural industries (12 points)
- Cultural and creative industries (12 points)
- Cultural economy (12 points)
Diplomacy and International trade
- Regional trade governance
- International trade law
- Governance of market societies
- International trade policy
- International institutions and organisations
- Diplomacy and statecraft
Health and social policy
- Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns
- Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses
- Gender and development (12 points)
- Bioethics, public policy and the law (12 points)
- Foundations of health policy
- Principles of health systems
- Clinical leadership and management
- Principles of health care quality improvement
- Critical social work 4: Social policy, social change and community practice
- Managing multicultural teams
- Leadership in intercultural environments
- Language for professional purposes - Part 1
- Language for professional purposes - Part 2
- Language for professional purposes - Part 3
- Leading capable organisations (12 points)
- Leading organisational decision making (12 points)
- Inner leadership: Understanding self and others (12 points)
- Designing learning for adults (12 points)
- Managing diversity and inclusion
- Principles of negotiation
- Foundations in human resource management
- Accounting for business
- Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
- Transport economics (NB off campus)
- International economics
- Introduction to health economics (NB off campus)
- Financial issues in healthcare management
- Competition law
- Commercial alternative dispute resolution
- Negotiation: Essential skills for dispute resolution
- Current issues in workplace law
- Discrimination law and human rights at work
- Advanced mediation: Skills and theory A
- Advanced mediation: Skills and theory B
- Entrepreneurship and the law
Sustainability and the environment
- Corporate sustainability management
- Environmental analysis
- Sustainability measurement
- Environmental governance and citizenship
- Sustainability regulation
- Perspectives on sustainability
- Process to influence change
- Understanding human behaviour to influence change
- Leading change for sustainable environment
- Planning urban mobility futures
- Applied transport economics (Note: off campus)
Plus two units (12 points) from the following list:
- CIV5202 Traffic engineering and management
- Advanced traffic engineering
- Intelligent transport systems
- Travel demand modelling
- Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
- Fundamentals of urban public transport
- Creative cities
- Planning study 1: Regulating the city
- Planning study 2: Economics and the city
- Planning study 3: Critical debates - histories and theories of urban planning
- Planning study 4: Democratic community engagement
This enables you to tailor unit choices to suit your own interests or needs and may include one or more additional capstone units from Part B of the program.
Up to 24 points of approved units from the following Arts Graduate coursework programs. All units are available unless marked with an asterisk (*)
These units must be selected from Part B: Core Master's study and/or Part C: Advanced expertise
- A6001 - Master of Applied Linguistics
- A6002 - Master of Bioethics
- A6006 - Master of International Development Practice
- A6004 - Master of Cultural and Creative Industries
- A6008 - Master of Journalism
- A6009 - Master of Tourism
- A6010 - Master of International Relations
- A6012 - Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 24 credit points of study.
- Graduate Diploma of Arts after successful completion of 48 credit points of study.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. If you are admitted at entry levels 1 and 2 you can complete a research thesis (24 points) that may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research. If you are admitted at entry level 3 you will normally already have an honours degree, however, if you are in this group and wish to complete a research thesis in public policy you should discuss the options with the course coordinator.