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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Public Management (DPM) is a professional doctorate degree that provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with disciplinary and methodologically based coursework. The research and thesis will offer a candidate the opportunity to research a real-world, work-based problem or issue where the objective is to make a novel contribution to practice.

The degree consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one-year full-time study) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two-years full-time study) which should be in an area studied by the student while undertaking coursework.

The program is intended to prepare candidates for the highest level of professional practice, in which they can contribute significantly to the development of Public Management practice.

Societies expect a great deal from those who serve in public roles, asking for both good policy and the effective design and delivery of the policy. Public management looks beyond the creation of policy to consider how ideas can be delivered effectively and efficiently, thereby enabling successful implementation. There are ongoing calls for improved policy implementation and this program will offer opportunities for both research and practice improvements. In this program, mastery of the professional body of knowledge is achieved in the coursework component, which builds on prior education and the experience gained through professional practice.

Initially students will undertake disciplinary based courses to develop an in depth knowledge of the current theory in their area of study. This is then combined with appropriate methodological study to ensure that the candidate is prepared for their personal research. The Doctor of Public Management is ideal for those who are in, or seeking to attain, senior positions delivering public services, as well as postgraduate scholars seeking to develop a research competence in this field. This program has been designed with relevance to the workplace as a priority.

The DPM is designed as a minimum three year full- time equivalent program, structured as one-third coursework and two-thirds research. The coursework component of the DPM will be undertaken through enrolment in courses already established within the School of Business, UNSW Canberra. Coursework must be completed prior to the research. The DPM may be undertaken on either a part time or full time basis.

Which department am I in?

UNSW Canberra

CRICOS

096627D

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,960.00 (20,33,003) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

30 May 2022, 12 September 2022

Venue

Canberra Campus

Australian Defence Force Academy,

Northcott Drive,

CANBERRA,

Australian Capital Territory,

2600, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Candidates with an Honours degree including a thesis (at least comparable to UNSW class 2 division 1) in a relevant discipline, or with a medical degree from an Australian or New Zealand university (MBBS or equivalent), are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program. Candidates with a master’s degree with a significant research component and thesis in a relevant discipline are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program. Candidates with Honours below class 2 division 1, or who have not been awarded an Honours degree or a master’s degree with a significant Research component, need to demonstrate appropriate research experience. They are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program if they are first author on at least one refereed paper in a journal of sufficient standing. However, first authorship on a publication is not an absolute prerequisite, and the eligibility of all such candidates is determined on a case-by-case basis. Candidates with an MBBS or other medical degree from another country are in the first instance considered to be eligible to enroll for a research master’s program, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate. Direct enrolment for a PhD may be approved on the basis of strong support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree (without an Honours degree or a Master’s degree with significant research component) and relevant experience comparable to a UNSW Honours degree, but no first author publications in refereed journals of sufficient standing, may be eligible to enrol in a research Master’s program on the basis of support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest).

For international students

A candidate for the degree shall:

(a) have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor with Honours from the University of New South Wales at a standard not below Honours Class 2:1 or a qualification considered equivalent from another university of tertiary institution; or

(b) have been awarded an appropriate award of a Masters Degree or Graduate Diploma at an average of Credit from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university of tertiary institution; or

(c) have had at least five years professional experience of a kind acceptable to the Committee AND have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent form another university or tertiary institution.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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