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What will I learn?

The Master of Applied Policy, offered by the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS: IPPG) is designed to develop practical knowledge and essential skills for policy making and management relevant to all levels of government.

To tailor their course, students can choose electives and sub-majors from a range of subjects across UTS.

The course uses several teaching formats, including intensive block mode and online delivery, designed and delivered by academics, practitioners and industry leaders.

The course offers students the opportunity to work across industry sectors on real-world problems and to critically apply their learning to case studies drawn from UTS: IPPG's research program and their own workplaces to innovate solutions. It includes active approaches to learning, including debates, case studies, role plays, group discussions, presentations and guest speakers.

The course offers a general policy stream focusing on professional applied practice, as well as major streams in Public Policy and Program Design, Evidence and Evaluation, Strategic Communication, Local government, Project Management, Behavioural Economics, and Public Leadership.

This course gives students practical knowledge that can be applied directly to professional practice.

The course has an applied focus, underpinned by contemporary policy making theories. It offers students the opportunity to critically apply their learning to real-world problems and build their understanding of policy formation, policy and program evaluation, and using evidence for influence and decision-making.

Course aims

Through the course students:

Learn to be a policy professional,

Gain general and technical skills they can immediately apply,

Understand the politics and processes of policy formation and program design, and

Become able to make robust evidence-based decisions.

Course structure

Students must complete 72 credit points made up of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 12 credit point research project and 36 credit points of electives (including sub-majors).


Students find this course relevant if they are or would like to become:

  • Public policy officer or manager,
  • Program or evaluation officer,
  • Think tank adviser/researcher,
  • Policy research centre member,
  • Not-for-profit manager,
  • Ministerial office member,
  • Social justice advocate, and / or
  • Portfolio governance analyst.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$53,640.00 (29,01,028) per year
The cost per credit point for 2022 is AUD $745.

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

Start date

1 August 2022


University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission into most postgraduate courses, you are required to hold a recognized bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree. Your academic performance at the bachelor's level will be considered as part of your application assessment. In some instances, you may also require relevant work experience and/or research experience. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, writing 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) - 79-93 overall, writing 21; PTE (Academic) - 58-64; CAE - 176-184; AE5/AE6 (PASS) - AE5.

For international students

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 a credit average in a relevant field ((Policy Studies, Public Administration, or Social Sciences in any relevant discipline), or
  • a UTS Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy
  • a UTS Graduate Diploma in Applied Policy.

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.

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


About University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS boasts a culturally diverse campus life and a vast range of innovative courses that prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and the future.

  • Australia’s No.1 Young University
  • Located in Sydney’s creative and digital precinct
  • Practice-based teaching and learning with an industry focus
  • More than AUD 12 million offered in scholarships and grants