Public Policy, Master

Public Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (WUR) , | Online
The Master of Public Policy is a 2 year full-time equivalent course at Charles Darwin University that provides a unique focus on public policy in northern contexts. The course draws together teaching and well supervised research projects that focus on the northern Australian region, in particular its remote context, the importance of Indigenous people and culture and its proximity to Southeast Asia.


The Public Policy course at Charles Darwin University is designed to prepare policy makers with the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research in the region, across policy development, implementation and evaluation phases.

It is an opportunity to develop your individual analytical and research capacity through supervision with established public policy researchers, developers and evaluators working in northern contexts.

Why study with us
  • Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the top 2 per cent of universities in the world.
  • Times Higher Education ranks CDU in the list of top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old.
  • You can choose to study this course online. Study anywhere, anytime.
  • Full-time and part-time options are available.

Programme Structure

Core Units:
  • Indigenous Policy Agendas in Federal and State Politics
  • Topics in Human Geography: a Remote Perspective
  • Theoretical Approaches to Public Policy in Northern Contexts
  • Evidence-Based Policy Development in Northern and Indigenous Contexts
Specialist Electives:
Research Methodologies
  • Research Methodologies in Global Learning
  • Statistical Methods for Impact Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Health Research Skills
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Indigenous Contexts

  • Neocolonialism, Advocacy and the Critique of Development
  • Indigenous Knowledges, Property Rights and Economic Participation
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Epistemologies
  • Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
  • Indigenous Health and Social Change
  • Indigenous Health Research


  • Teaching and Learning and Global Learning
  • Assessment and Quality Assurance in Global Learning
  • Leadership in Global Learning
  • Project in Global Learning 1
  • Placement in Global Learning (20cp)

Public Management and Governance

  • Public Governance: Scope and Issues
  • Government Finance and Economics
  • Managing Innovation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Strategy and Leadership
  • Project Management, Risk and Reliability


  • Indigenous Health and Social Change
  • Public Health Anthropology
  • Health Promotion
  • Indigenous Health Research
  • Community Development and Public Health (not offered 2016)
  • Health Systems Planning and Management
  • Public Health Decision Making
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health

Secure and Safe Communities

  • Emergency and Disaster Management in Context
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Leadership in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Cultural, Social and Psychological Aspects of Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Building Safe Communities
  • Dynamics of Loss and Grief

Environment and Livelihoods

  • Sustainability
  • Tropical Invaders and Biosecurity
  • Remote Sensing
  • Ecological Restoration and Conservation
  • Fire Ecology and Management
  • Applied Geographic Information Systems
  • Ecology and Management of Tropical Forests and Savannas
  • Tropical Wetland and Coastal Management
  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Ecosystem Function: Field Studies in North Australia
  • Natural Resources and Indigenous Livelihoods
  • Wildlife Management
  • Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    160 Credit Points alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) receives and processes applications for admission for Charles Darwin University Higher Education prospective students. If you are interested in applying for a higher education coursework undergraduate or postgraduate course, check the following information about applying to Charles Darwin University.

Successful completion of a Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    24152 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24152 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    17208 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17208 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Darwin

  • 1493 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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