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University of Sydney, Department of Government and International Relations (GIR)

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Program Summary


University: University of Sydney

Location: Sydney, Australia

Degree: MPP (Master of Public Policy)

Marketing Approach: Professionals in the field of public policy operate in a rapidly changing policy environment, with growing public scrutiny, shrinking resources, and new trans-boundary challenges. The Master of Public Policy provides a critical and multidisciplinary perspective on the global, national and local levels of these changes. It is designed for those working or seeking to work in government and the public sector, and for those working in non-governmental or private sector bodies who seek a better understanding of the role of government in public policy making. It explores the opportunities and constraints stemming from political, social, economic, civil and technological factors at both the national and global levels. Major areas of interest include migration, corruption, crisis management, governance and the environment. You will also have an opportunity to take additional classes from across the department’s offerings in international relations, comparative politics and Australian politics. Many of the units include practical forms of assessment that draw together theoretical insights from public policy scholarship, with empirical examples from the political world.” (At, accessed 3 September 2014).

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

Academic Unit within University: Department of Government and International Relations of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The MPA in Sidney is provided through the Graduate School of Government (GSG). That school also offers a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, as well as an Executive Master of Public Administration (profiled in separate file), and short-term executive programs.

Posted TuitionMPP: Fee information is unavailable online.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements*

*NOTE: These requirements apply to MPP candidates beginning in 2015. The requirements of the 2014 MPP program (see, accessed 3 September 2014) are significantly different (e.g. 48 credits for graduation as opposed to 96).

Summary:  The MPP program consists of 12 credit points of core study, 30 credit points of core electives units of study, a maximum of 42 credit points from elective units of study which may include an optional minor, and a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study (At, accessed 3 September 2014).

Duration: 2 years full-time.

Academic Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree with minimum credit (65% average) calculated over the whole degree, or completion of the Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Public Policy.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 16 (96 credits)

Note 1: We are assuming that 6 University of Sydney credit points are equivalent to a one-semester course in North America. The University web site (, accessed 18 September 2014) states: "A full-time study load is between 18 and 24 credit points per Semester. In order to complete your degree according to the standard timetable, you are expected to complete 24 credit points per Semester." In North America students typically take 4 courses per semester.

Number of Required Courses: See Summary above.

Number of Electives Typically Taken: See Summary above.

Number of Electives Offered within Program: There are 30 courses listed in the Public Policy section of the 2014 Handbook (at, accessed 18 September 2014).

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: No.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes, including a mentoring program (mentors are experienced practitioners).

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: Yes, required only of students progressing from the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration to the MPAdmin and of domestic students who are not completing the internship.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: Courses listed are from the Core Units of Study (marked R/5) and the Elective Units of Study in the Public Policy section of the 2014 Handbook (at, accessed 18 September 2014).

Course Material Online: No course syllabi appear to be publicly available 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. 


Sydney GIR


I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. 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 Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. 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


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Source: At, and related sites (accessed 5 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 18 September 2014 and 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

Sydney GIR MPP Course Map
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Note: Courses listed are from the Core Units of Study (marked R/5) and the Elective Units of Study in the Public Policy section of the 2014 Handbook.

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  GOVT6311 Issues in Public Policy (R/5)
  GOVT6319 Governance and Public Policy Making (R/5)
  GOVT6331 Public Management and Governance (R/5)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  GOVT6139 Research Design

 Leadership Skills

  GOVT6313 Leadership in Theory and Practice (R/5)

 Communication Skills

  ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates

 Professional Practice

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GOVT6150 Comparative Democratic Politics (R/5)
  GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics (R/5)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  GOVT6301 Public Sector Ethics and Corruption (R/5)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  GOVT6357 International Policy Making (R/5)
  CHSC6909 Government and Public Services in China
  CISS6002 Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
  GOVT6123 Globalisation and Governance
  GOVT6116 International Organisations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  GOVT6156 Governance and Civil Society (R/5)

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  CISS6006 Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
  GOVT6304 Development and World Politics
  GOVT6108 Democracy and Development in SE Asia

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  GOVT6358 Comparative Migration Policy (R/5)

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  GOVT6135 Global Environmental Politics
  GOVT6223 Topics in Environmental Politics

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  CISS6008 Population and Security
  CISS6011 Special Topic in International Security
  CISS6013 Middle East Conflict and Security
  CISS6015 Alliances and Coalition Warfare
  CISS6016 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
  CISS6018 Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
  GOVT6111 Chinese Politics
  GOVT6119 International Security

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

  GCST6901 Cultural Policy

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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