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C06121v1 Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy (GradDipAppPol)
UAC code: 940132(Autumn session, Spring session)
CRICOS code: 094554K
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Exit award
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy, offered by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG), is designed for current or aspiring professionals and practitioners in the public, private and non-profit sectors seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills base and career opportunities.

The course has an applied focus which is theoretically underpinned. It includes active approaches to learning including policy debates, case studies, role plays, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers. The course is informed by the applied policy and social research experience of the UTS: IPPG with government, industry and the community in the Australian context and internationally.

The course offers students the opportunity to critically apply their learning to case studies drawn from UTS: IPPG's research program and their own workplaces to innovate solutions.

The core subjects of the course examine contemporary policy challenges; policy in practice; policy and resources and evidence and decision making. To tailor their course, students can choose their electives from a range of subjects from UTS: IPPG, the Faculty of Design and Building and the UTS Business School. The course also offers a sub-major in Project Management.

The course utilises several teaching formats, including intensive block mode and online delivery, designed by academics, practitioners and industry leaders. Most subjects are offered in flexible mode and delivered in blocks or online for more effective integration of study and work commitments.

Course aims

On completion of the course, graduates have a transdisciplinary basis for understanding policy across the public, private and non-profit sectors. The course examines the development and implementation of policy in practice; policy research skills and methodologies; the making and evaluation of policy; and program implementation and management. Students can undertake the course to enhance their professional development or as a gateway to further academic study.

Career options

This course was developed in response to the increased boundary-spanning of middle and executive management across government, industry and non-profit sectors. It is highly applicable to professionals working in a range of settings, including state and local government, planning, peak bodies, community and non-government organisations and sector-specific career professionals.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or equivalent, or higher qualification, with at credit average
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy at credit average or above.

In addition, applicants need to provide:

  • a CV demonstrating relevant experience, and
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) addressing their reasons for wanting to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy.

Applicants who do not satisfy the academic requirements may be considered on the ability to demonstrate equivalency through a minimum of three years' relevant work experience.

Applicants need to provide:

  • a CV clearly articulating relevant experience
  • a personal statement (max. 300 words) explaining the reasons for wanting to study the Graduate Certificate in Applied policy. If applicable, detail should be provided about general or professional qualifications that demonstrate potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Credit recognition

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for credit recognition.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a one year, full-time, or two year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 24 credit points of core subjects and 24 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91196 Core subjects (Applied Policy) 24cp
CBK91244 Electives 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15627 Policy and Resources   6cp
15628 Evidence and Decision Making   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91244 Electives 24cp  
Spring session
15625 Contemporary Policy Challenges   6cp
15626 Policy in Practice   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91244 Electives 24cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
15625 Contemporary Policy Challenges   6cp
15626 Policy in Practice   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91244 Electives 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
15627 Policy and Resources   6cp
15628 Evidence and Decision Making   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK91244 Electives 24cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program of study made up of the Master of Applied Policy (C04323), Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy (C06121), and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy.

Exit award

Students can exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy after completing 24 credit points of specified subjects.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Institute for Public Policy and Governance
Academic Programs Officer
telephone + 61 2 9514 1659