Government decisions influence our lives on a daily basis. They affect the price of our housing, clothes, food, transport and water. They determine the types of jobs we do, how much we are paid and where we live.
Studying Public Policy equips you with the skills to understand and interpret current affairs, deal with government in your future profession or business, and work within government or for groups that lobby government. It is particularly suitable for students who want a career in the public sector, and for employees of organisations that are seeking to influence public policies.
At the University of Waikato, Public Policy is an interdisciplinary subject. That means you can combine it with programmes from a variety of other disciplines, creating a programme of study to suit your needs. The minor in Public Policy offers both structure and flexibility – there's a compulsory paper at each level of study, but you'll also have the freedom to focus on the particular policy areas that most interest you. Choose from papers on economic, educational, environmental, ethnic, foreign, population and social policy.
In your studies you'll discuss theories of organisation, decision-making and administration, public management, and how public officials work and interact with the public sector and the political executive. You'll learn to examine policies in the context of political values and culture, economic constraints and political party agendas, and come to understand how and why particular policies are adopted by governments.
- Environmental Consultant
- Foreign Policy Advisor
- Health Sector Analyst
- Māori Development Policy Adviser
- Policy Analyst and Planner
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- Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice
- Environmental Politics and Public Policy
- Directed Study
- Political Science Thesis
- Population Health and Equity
- Comparative Indigenous Criminology
- 12 months
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DisciplinesPublic Policy Political Science View 20 other Masters in Political Science in New Zealand
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Birth certificate, passport and permits
- Evidence of citizenship
- Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
- A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
- Evidence of any previous tertiary study
- Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points)
- A recognised bachelors degree with a B/B+ average, and a B/B+ average in a relevant subject if required.
International22724 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22724 USD per year during 12 months.
National5101 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5101 USD per year during 12 months.
- Fees (Domestic): $7,098-$8,505 per year
- Fees (International): $31,615 - $35,980 (120 pts) or $47,425 - $53,970 (180 pts)
Living costs for Hamilton
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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