Courses & Units

Master of Public Policy R7M

Hobart, Distance Hobart

Introduction

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.
International students please refer to International Services at www.utas.edu.au/international

The Master of Public Policy is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 calendar year (or 3 semesters) full-time or up to 3 years (or 6 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing the course in 2010 For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Summary

Course Name Master of Public Policy
Course Abbreviation MPubPol
Course Duration 1.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 4 Years
CRICOS code 048271C
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts

Intake

Locations

Location Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school
Distance Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer school, Winter school (early), Spring school

Objectives

The MPubPol aims to provide a high quality tertiary qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework-plus-thesis program. The course aims to provide students with:

  • a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public policy;
  • skills to engage in informed debate about major public policy issues in contemporary society;
  • knowledge of recent developments in the field;
  • extensive skills to design, conduct and appraise research critically.

Career Outcomes

Enhancement of students' careers by the achievement of a postgraduate award from a prestigious university.
The course is endorsed by, and has the support of, the Office of the State Service Commissioner.

Credit

Students may apply for credit for units passed in other courses (complete or incomplete).

Prerequisites

Students are normally expected to have a minimum of a bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania or from another university or tertiary institution which is deemed equivalent, and a level of English equivalent to a score of 6.0 on an IELTS test. In exceptional circumstances the Faculty may admit a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience.

Students seeking entry into postgraduate courses based on employment experience only (i.e. no bachelor degree), will generally only be allowed entry at Graduate Certificate level.

The successful completion of 100% of coursework units with Distinction average is the pre-requisite for undertaking any thesis unit. Students who do not achieve at Distinction level in coursework components, but nonetheless complete 100% of units will be able to exit with a Graduate Diploma.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including the core unit) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010 For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.


Students must complete 100% of coursework units from the schedule below, including the 2x 25% core units plus the Research Thesis.

Course Structure

Schedule of units

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


Entry

1 [i] In these Specificati ons 'Faculty' means the Faculty of Arts acting on the advice of the Board of Humanities and Social Science.
[ii] The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the degree of Master of Public Policy (Police Studies, Asian Studies) any of the following:
(a) an applicant who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in the University of Tasmania;
(b) an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);
(c) in exceptional circumstances a person who holds a tertiary qualification and whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.
2 Candidates shall complete the award requirements as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three separate semesters or a maximum of three years. In certain circumstances, Faculty may approve a suspension of candidature for a period not exceeding twelve calendar months.

Course structure

3 To qualify for the award, the candidate shall successfully complete 100% of units plus a research project as listed in the accompanying Schedule.
4 [i] Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites and co-requisites determined by the Faculty summarised in the Schedule.
[ii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weight, or more than 50% weight if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester.
[iii] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.
[iv] In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Faculty or in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

5 Passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, to a maximum of one third of the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.

Miscellaneous

6 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedule.
7 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2002 and shall apply to all candidates for the award.
8 The approved abbreviation for the award of Master of Public shall be MPubPol
9 The research project shall be bound and lodged for examination in accordance with the Rules of Higher Degrees. A candidate may also be required by the Faculty to deposit a representative collection of material relevant to the thesis.
10 The examination of the research project shall be conducted by at least two examiners appointed by the Faculty.
11 After considering the reports of the examiners of the research project and reports from assessors of the candidate's performance in remaining sections of the course, the Faculty shall decide whether the candidate merits the award of the degree or, if not:
(a) whether the candidate should present an oral defence of the research project or submit an amended research project, or both, within such further period as the Faculty may determine, after which the Faculty shall then decide upon the award of the degree, or
(b) whether the candidate should be awarded the Graduate Diploma.
12 A candidate shall not, without the consent of the Faculty, submit for examination for the degree any work which the candidate has previously submitted for any degree or diploma.