Master On Campus Online

Public Policy

Charles Darwin University

24 months
32008 AUD/year
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The Public Policy program from Charles Darwin University is an opportunity to undertake a in-depth study in the field of public policy. The degree culminates in a research project that seeks to explore issues of research in policy related fields.


Key Features

With a focus on northern Australia and its relation to South-East Asia you'll explore the policy issues in the region's remote contexts, the significance 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. The Public Policy program from Charles Darwin University deepens your 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 an area 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.

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 
  • Research Design
  • Research, Ethics and Impact 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


160 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 089414J

  • Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.
International Pathway
  • Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32008 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32008 AUD per year during 24 months.

Commonwealth supported places for domestic students

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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