Course highlights

Build on your public policy foundations. Gain comprehensive and in-demand critical skills required to research and evaluate public policy with flexible and accelerated learning from Australia’s home of policy.

  • Learn practical skills to deliver constructive policies
  • Gain multidisciplinary policy knowledge
  • Understand how to respond to contemporary challenges
  • Harness the power of data to leverage policy
  • Learn in-demand skills in data analytics
  • Study online around your life and work

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Public policy is where lasting change is made.

By undertaking the University of Canberra’s online Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, you can build on your foundation in public policy with comprehensive knowledge in data analytics, fundamental economic modelling, policy analysis and evaluation – all supported by the expertise of leading policy practitioners.

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  • icon-online-study   8 units | 7 weeks each
  • icon-online-study  16 months* part-time
  • icon-online-study   Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Oct
  • icon-online-study  $3,425 per unit^, FEE-HELP available
  • *Dependent on individual study path and unit availability. Please speak to a Student Adviser for more information. ^2024 indicative fees are listed here. Find out more on our Fees page.

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The University of Canberra is an ambitious university for ambitious people.

Our practical, supported and accelerated online courses are designed to deliver outcomes that create real impact and inspire real change in the world around us. UC postgraduate courses are not only delivered online – they are career-relevant and designed for demand so you can apply your learning faster.

#1 in Canberra for teaching quality and skill development.1

In the top two universities in Australia.2

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1Good University Guide 2023  2Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2022

Learning outcomes

  • Policy analysis and evaluation
    Learn to address critical questions about how we interpret findings from policy analysis and evaluation to provide a sound evidence base for policy-making.

  • Communicating policy expertise
    Understand the art of effectively communicating public policy initiatives, goals and outcomes between governments, other public sector departments, NGOs and the community.

  • Co-design and deliberative engagement
    Investigate the power and limits of participatory forms of policy-making, and reflect on what it means to collaborate meaningfully with different stakeholders today.

  • Understanding of public policy governance and law
    Gain an understanding of the intersection between Australian public law and public policy in various areas, as well as current debates for reform.

Graduate Certificate
Description of the Course + 4 Number of units or continue studying

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services. 

Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

Master of Health Services Management
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 8 subjects from the Master of Health Services Management

The UTS Master of Health Services Management prepares leaders in health and social care who want to drive change and create safer, higher value and more equitable health systems and services.