Charles Darwin University

Master of Public Policy

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Master of Public Policy is an opportunity to undertake a in-depth study in the field of public policy that culminates in a research project that seeks to explore issues of research in policy related fields. With a focus on northern Australia and its relation to South-East Asia you'll explore the policy issues in the region's remote contexts and the significance of Indigenous peoples and cultures, and its proximity to South-East Asia.You will build the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development. This course strengthens your in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and characteristics of "doing policy" in northern contexts.You explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy and gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation, and empirical research theories and methodologies.Choose from specialist electives that will develop your public policy knowledge in an area such as:Indigenous policyinternational educationgovernance and managementhealthemergency and disaster managementenvironmental management.You will apply this new knowledge in an important public policy research project of your choice. You will receive one-on-one supervision and support from university research, public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators, and teaching staff.


The Master of Public Policy course involves the completion of 40 credit points of core units that provide a background and context to your study.Core units are supplemented by 20 credit points of study in relevant units in research methodology followed by 40 credit point research project developed and designed in collaboration with your supervisor.Specialist elective units can be chosen from the postgraduate offerings at Charles Darwin University in a variety of discipline areas including education, business, Indigenous studies, public health or environmental management. Two units of general electives allow you to tailor your studies to your particular context by drawing in units from other fields of study including relevant policy units from other tertiary institutions.

Standard entry requirements

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.Applicants who don't meet the entry requirements, are advised to contact the course coordinator in the College of Indigenous Future, Arts and Society by email to for further advice.

Study information

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  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 4 years

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