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Public Policy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #651 (QS) ,
This Public Policy course offered by Charles Darwin University develops your research project in public policy focussing on northern Australia specifically its remote context, the importance of Indigenous peoples and cultures, and its proximity to South-East Asia.


You will build the necessary knowledge and skills to engage in effective and ethical research for policy development. This Public Policy course offered by Charles Darwin University strengthens your in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and characteristics of 'doing policy' in northern contexts.

You explore a variety of political, cultural and social theory approaches to public policy and gain a solid understanding of evidence-based policy development, evaluation, and empirical research theories and methodologies.

Choose from specialist electives that will develop your public policy knowledge in areas such as:

  • Indigenous policy
  • international education
  • governance and management
  • health
  • emergency and disaster management
  • environmental management.

You will apply this new knowledge in an important public policy research project of your choice. You will receive one-on-one supervision and support from university research, public policy researchers, policy developers and evaluators, and teaching staff.

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in government and private companies as a policy researcher, advisor, analyst or writer.


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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
  • Policy and Ethnography 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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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    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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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Cricos Code: 089414J
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements are advised to email for further advice.
  • The minimum academic requirements for admission to a postgraduate or graduate entry degree is the completion of a bachelor's degree which is deemed equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score, prerequisite knowledge or work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30480 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30480 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    19208 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19208 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the residency requirements.

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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