The Master of Public Leadership and Policy concentrates on exercising and enriching leadership in professional contexts ranging from government departments and statutory authorities to educational bodies and training authorities, media organisations and advocacy groups. Located in the nation's capital in the midst of government and non-government organisations, UNSW Canberra is uniquely placed to interact with Australia's most prominent public leaders.

 

Faculty
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Online
Award
Master of Public Leadership and Policy
Commencing Terms
Semester 1, Semester 2
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

Modern societies demand that those in positions of power protect the public interest and pursue the common good. The primary expectation is effective leadership, particularly in the development and delivery of public policy. Despite the substantial premium placed on public leadership, few theorists and even fewer practitioners have closely examined the challenges of exercising public leadership in a range of contexts or the relationship between public leadership and policy formulation.  

The Master of Public Leadership and Policy at UNSW Canberra uniquely addresses this gap by offering students a combination of courses focused specifically on public leadership. The program combines this with a rich selection of electives that address broader issues related to local, national and global policy and its implementation. The Master of Public Leadership and Policy has been developed to serve those occupying or aspiring to positions of public leadership, as well as postgraduate scholars seeking to develop research competence in this highly significant emerging field. 

 

Program Code
8633
Campus
Canberra
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
20

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Entry requirements

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

Students undertaking this program are required to take 8 courses (48 UOC) comprising 12 UOC of core courses, with the remaining 6 courses selected from the elective courses listed below in Course Availability.

Note:
- Students can take either ZHSS8401 (6 UOC x 2 consecutive sessions to make up a total of 12 UOC) or ZHSS8400 (12 UOC) as elective.

- Students may, with the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator, take up to two courses (12 UOC) from other courses offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business or related coursework programs.

Full program structure

Potential careers

  • Manager in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$30,175*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$30,175*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$40,840*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$40,840*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

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    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

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