Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

POSTGRADUATE
Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

See MC216

Duration:
Other
Fees:

See MC216

Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

See MC216

Duration:
Other
Fees:

See MC216

Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (GD068) is available as an exit award of the Master of Public Policy MC216.

Gain the skills to participate effectively in policy advocacy and design-related activities. With studies in policymaking, evaluation, social research and ethics, you will learn how you can contribute to positive policy outcomes, and participate in debates regarding power, politics and complexity.

Taught by leading academics and industry professionals, this course reflects the latest debates, issues and approaches to global, national and local policymaking and development.

You'll explore and develop frameworks for issues, such as:

  • evidence-based policy and practice
  • global governance
  • equity
  • public sector reform.

Graduates of this course work as policymakers, advocates and managers in human service, government and non-government organisations as well as, increasingly, in the private and corporate sectors.

Details

Most of the classes are held in a group workshop format for you to interact with others, and benefit from the experience and knowledge of your peers.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches, including lectures, case studies, collaborative group workshops, presentations and group discussions.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes policy briefs and submission, research-based essays, class exercises, oral presentations and applied policy projects.

You will experience a range of activities designed to expose you to the challenges of working with development professionals. You will be able to undertake internships and field projects; design, implement and evaluate your own projects; and participate in simulated activities representing real workplace scenarios.

This is largely a career-oriented course, with many enrolled students already working in the field, creating opportunities to develop professionally through shared knowledge and networks, and find related employment after – or even before – graduating.

RMIT is a world leader in social justice and homelessness research, supporting a number of research projects and networks that maintain wider links with local and global communities.

RMIT’s Global Experience Office (GEO) supports students to undertake exchange or short-term mobility activities with more than 165 partner universities around the world.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

In order to exit the Master of Public Policy with the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, you will need to complete all courses specified in the relevant program structure.

Course structure

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Career

As a graduate, you will be able to make sense of critical issues in society, confidently argue about the nature of policy problems, and engage in policy development and implementation practices that contribute to positive policy outcomes.

Graduates often work as policymakers, advisors, managers and advocates.

You’ll be able to work independently and collaboratively in teams as a lifelong learner and reflective practitioner. You will have gained skills that are transferable and relevant in a global context. These skills relate to research, policy analysis, professional communication and problem-solving.

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government and, increasingly, in corporate and private enterprise.

Relevant organisations include:

  • federal, state and local government
  • trade unions
  • large community sector organisations (like the Salvation Army, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Victorian Council of Social Service)
  • specialist research and policy centres
  • other organisations such as the Council to Homeless Persons and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc.

Admissions

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is available as an exit award only from the Master of Public Policy (MC216).

Pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is available as an exit award of the Master of Public Policy (MC216). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related Masters programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

Fees

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (GD068) is available as an exit award of the Master of Public Policy MC216. See the Master of Public Policy for full fee information.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.