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MPP and MPA Programs

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences - Master of Public Policy and Governance (MPPG)

Program Comparison Highlights

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Program Summary

Website: and

University: University of New South Wales

Location: Sydney, Australia

Degree: MPPG (Master of Public Policy and Governance)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Policy and Governance at UNSW provides specialist studies in public policy and management, public administration and public governance of services at the local, national and international level. Our postgraduate policy studies program applies a social science perspective to questions of policy and management in modern organisations. Policymaking plays a key role in the management and change of the economy and society. From policy conceptualisation, implementation and management, to evaluation and research - there are few professional areas where you can impact society as greatly as when you are helping to shape public policy." (At accessed 2 October 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The degree is delivered through the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The School offers three other coursework graduate degrees: Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology; Master of International Relations; Master of International Law and International Relations; and Master of Development Studies. Prior to 2015 the School offered a Master of Policy Studies (see and a Master of Public Relations and Advertising ( but these are being phased out.

Posted Tuition: The standard fee for domestic and international students in 2014 in Australian dollars is $575 per credit (see accessed 2 October 2014) which works out to AU$41,400 for 1.5 years.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPPG Degree Requirements (1.5 Year Plan)

Summary: The program is offered in both a 1-Year Plan ("for students who have completed a relevant Honours degree or Graduate Diploma, or those who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree and one year professional experience") and a 1.5 Year Plan ("for students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree but have limited professional experience"). The course structure for the 1.5 Year Plan is as follows, with "Additional electives from across the University may be selected with the permission of the program coordinator."

Prescribed research course (6-18 UOC): Students choose one of the following: SRAP5103 Research Report (6 UOC); SRAP5104 Research Project (12 UOC); SRAP5105 Research Thesis (18 UOC)

Duration: 3 semesters (1.5 years)

Academic Prerequisite: Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%); Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%) plus 1 year relevant professional experience; Honours degree or Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline with a record of academic achievement equivalent to a UNSW credit average (65%).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12 (72 UOCs)

Note 1: Credits at UNSW are denominated in UOCs with most one-semester courses having 6 UOCs. We are using the equivalency of 6 UOCs = 1 one-semester equivalent.

Number of Required Courses: 6 (including the minimum of 1 course-equivalent of research paper)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 26 (using the list of courses above provided by various departments within the faculty).

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: A choice of research report, or project, or thesis is a requirement for the degree.

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The courses offered are listed above and also found at (downloaded on 2 October 2014). 

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions, but few if any syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.




I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of elective courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


Number of courses provided from within the program


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Policy and Management Analysis


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Macroeconomic Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among

      Curricular Type Groupings of Subjects

Policy-Oriented Subjects


Management-Oriented Subjects


Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)


Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)


Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)


IV. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Courses in "NASPAA-Required Subjects"


V. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed



Source: Websites from UNSW as referenced above (accessed October 2014 and 29 March 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 2 October 2014 and updated on 29 March 2015, and updated by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

University of New South Wales MPPG Course Map

C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t 

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  SRAP5001 Policy Analysis (R)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  SRAP5101 Research Methods (R)
  SRAP5102 Project Design (R)
  SRAP5002 Information and Research for Policy

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice


Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Major Projects, Theses, Capstones, etc.

  SRAP5103 Research Report (R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  SRAP5004 Policy Regulation & Governance (R)
  SRAP5018 Power, politics and policy

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Socioeconomic and Political Context

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  POLS5120 Global Politics - The Globalisation of World Politics
  POLS5121 International Organisations and Global Politics

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  EDST5436 Evaluation of Educ Prog
  SOCW7855 Rights Based Project Design and Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  SRAP5017 Policy and Advocacy (R)

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ATAX0301 Tax Policy

 International Development

  COMD5001 International Development Policy
  SOCW7850 Issues and Policy in Social Development
  SOCW7852 Politics of International Aid
  SOCW7858 International Social Development Project

 Social Policy and Welfare

  BENV7715 Social Planning


  PHCM9381 Policy Studies (Public Health)


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  LAWS8185 The Legal Landscape of the Sharing Economy
  SOCW7851 Community Development
  BENV7721 Planning and Land Policy

 Environment and Sustainability

  HPSC5500 Soc Env Policy
  HPSC5500 Society, Environmental Policy and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

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