Master of Public Policy - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

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.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty



Associate Professor Deirdre O'Neill

Admission and fees


Course progression map

A6028 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

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

On-campus (Clayton)


Master of Public Policy

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Arts

Graduate Diploma of Arts

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. 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
  2. devise and deliver innovative solutions to policy-related challenges employing advanced critical thinking, evaluation and research skills
  3. communicate policy-related matters and advocacy effectively and perceptively in a range of formats to professional and non-professional audiences
  4. 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 ( 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 (

Part A. Foundation study (24 points)

You must complete the following units:

  • APG5060 Advanced academic skills
  • APG5104Not offered in 2019 Public management (12 points)
  • APG5180 Policy and political communication

Part B. Core Master's study (48 points)

a. You must complete the following units (36 points):

  • APG5101 Foundations of Public Policy (12 points)
  • APG5102 Governance (12 points)
  • APG5103 Policy Analysis and Evaluation (12 points)

b. One capstone unit (12 points) chosen from the following:

  • APG5044 Professional internship (12 points)
  • APG5856 Research project (12 points)
  • APG5155Not offered in 2019 Designing research in the humanities and social sciences (12 points)
  • BSA5904 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 complete APG5155Not offered in 2019 as 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.

Option 1

Research pathway

a. The following unit/s:

  • APG5848 Research thesis (24 points) or APG5849 Research thesis A (12 points) and APG5850 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.

Option 2

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
  • APG5067 Cultural economy and sustainable development (12 points)
  • APG5068 Creative cities (12 points)
  • APG5082Not offered in 2019 Creative entrepreneurship in cultural industries (12 points)
  • APG5662 Cultural and creative industries (12 points)
  • APG5900 Cultural economy (12 points)
Diplomacy and International trade
  • BTF5340 Regional trade governance
  • BTF5919 International trade law
  • MGF5710Not offered in 2019 Governance of market societies
  • MGF5730 International trade policy
  • MGF5760 International institutions and organisations
  • MGF5911 Diplomacy and statecraft
Health and social policy
  • APG4223 Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns
  • APG4224Not offered in 2019 Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses
  • APG5045 Gender and development (12 points)
  • APG5078 Gender-based policy and planning
  • APG5730 Bioethics, public policy and the law (12 points)
  • MPH5269 Foundations of health policy
  • MPH5272 Principles of health systems
  • MPH5266 Clinical leadership and management
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality improvement
  • SWM5109 Critical social work 4: Social policy, social change and community practice
Organisational leadership
  • APG5470 Managing multicultural teams
  • APG5471 Leadership in intercultural environments
  • APG5481Not offered in 2019 Language for professional purposes - Part 1
  • APG5482Not offered in 2019 Language for professional purposes - Part 2
  • APG5483Not offered in 2019 Language for professional purposes - Part 3
  • EDF5635 Leading capable organisations (12 points)
  • EDF5636 Leading organisational decision making (12 points)
  • EDF5637 Inner leadership: Understanding self and others (12 points)
  • EDF5661 Designing learning for adults (12 points)
  • MGF5130 Managing diversity and inclusion
  • MGF5630 Principles of negotiation
  • MGF5921 Foundations in human resource management
Public finance
  • ACF5903 Accounting for business
  • APG5229 Prosperity, poverty and sustainability in a globalised world
  • CIV5315 Transport economics (NB off campus)
  • ECF5921 International economics
  • HEC5970 Introduction to health economics (NB off campus)
  • MPH5268 Financial issues in healthcare management
Regulatory policy
  • LAW5312 Competition law
  • LAW5315 Commercial alternative dispute resolution
  • LAW5344 Negotiation: Essential skills for dispute resolution
  • LAW5358 Current issues in workplace law
  • LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work
  • LAW5411 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory A
  • LAW5412 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory B
  • LAW5461 Entrepreneurship and the law
Sustainability and the environment
  • APG5433 Corporate sustainability management
  • APG5426 Environmental analysis
  • APG5434 Sustainability measurement
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship
  • BTF5910 Sustainability regulation
  • ENS5020 Perspectives on sustainability
  • ENS5510 Process to influence change
  • ENS5520 Understanding human behaviour to influence change
  • ENS5530 Leading change for sustainable environment
  • CIV5314 Planning urban mobility futures
  • CIV5315 Applied transport economics (Note: off campus)

Plus two units (12 points) from the following list:

  • CIV5202 Traffic engineering and management
  • CIV5301 Advanced traffic engineering
  • CIV5304 Intelligent transport systems
  • CIV5305 Travel demand modelling
  • CIV5310 Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
  • CIV5316 Fundamentals of urban public transport
Urban policy
  • APG5068 Creative cities
  • UPD4201 Planning study 1: Regulating the city
  • UPD4202 Planning study 2: Economics and the city
  • UPD5201 Planning study 3: Critical debates - histories and theories of urban planning
  • UPD5202 Planning study 4: Democratic community engagement
General studies

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.

Option 3

Complementary Electives

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

Alternative exits

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.