Course Description

Gain a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of a rapidly changing policy environment, with growing public scrutiny, shrinking resources, and new trans-boundary challenges through the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.

Explore the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels. During this course, you will study migration, corruption, crisis management, governance and the environment. The course also brings together theoretical insights from public policy, with examples from the political world.

Why study with us?
The degree is designed for those working or looking to work in government and the public sector, and for those working in non-government or private sector bodies who seek a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making.

Based within the University’s Department of Government and International Relations, you will study electives such as international relations, comparative politics and Australian politics, gaining a deeper understanding of policy design and implementation.

Join practically minded and career-oriented peers, with the opportunity to create valuable networks. Capitalise on the many government and private sector networks available in Sydney.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $24,000 total course cost.
International Students: $38,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.1% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 79.2% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.3% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 73.5% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 6.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $74,200 (national average $77,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 023941J
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GCPUBPOL2000

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