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Postgraduate Handbook

Policy Studies - 7348

Program Summary

Contact: Christopher Walker -
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Typical Duration: 0.5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 6
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 24
Graduate Certificate (Specialisation)

Program Description

The graduate program in Policy Studies applies a social science perspective to questions of policy and policy management. Students acquire a solid grounding in policy analysis and the policy process.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The program prepares students for work which requires analytical skills and a practical appreciation of the processes of policy-making and implementation. The program is oriented to the practice of policy, and students are required to have relevant work experience. This may be in the public sector, unions, business organisations or community bodies.

Students who are interested in the program and feel they may not have the necessary work experience should contact the program coordinator to discuss their case.

Program Structure

Students qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies (program 7348, plan code SLSPBS7348) by completing the two core courses of the Master of Policy Studies program and two electives from any school within the faculty or outside the faculty with approval from the course convenor.

Academic Rules

1. The Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a program of advanced study.

2. (1) A candidate for the Graduate Certificate shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Standing Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the Committee).

(2) In exceptional cases, an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the Graduate Certificate.

(3) If the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant to undergo such assessment or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe, before permitting enrolment.

Enrolment and Progression
3. (1) An application to enrol as a candidate for the Graduate Certificate shall be lodged with the Registrar at least two calendar months before the commencement of the session in which enrolment is to begin.

(2) To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate, candidates must obtain over a period of study of not less than one semester, four courses offered within the Graduate Certificate program. The maximum period of candidature shall be four academic semesters from the date of commencement. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.

(3) A student enrolling in a course must satisfy the prerequisite or corequisite requirements in that course. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Head of the School/Unit concerned.

(4) The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed annually by the Committee and as a result of the review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such action as it considers appropriate.

4. Candidates shall pay such fees as may be determined from time to time by the Council.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants should hold a Bachelor degree in any field from an approved university or college of advanced education and have significant work experience in an area appropriate to the degree program. An exception to the degree requirement may be made if the applicant has general and professional experience acceptable to the School. Note that students whose first language is not English may need to meet an English proficiency requirement.

Area(s) of Specialisation

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