Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

6 months
20000 AUD/full
12400 AUD/full
Tuition fee
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The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from The University of Western Australia is designed to give graduate students an understanding of the role of the government in economic activity, public policy and legal decision making. 


A successful government must design and implement policies that will further the economic, social and legal interests of its citizens. It focuses on how the government interacts with the economy and the law and examines, for example: economic growth, stability, taxation, criminal justice, infrastructure provision, regulation, health, defence, education and social security.

Students who study public policy will work in all levels of government, in the not-for-profit sector, in consulting firms and in international organisations. They can be social entrepreneurs, policy analysts, consultants to government or hold public office. This course will give you the necessary multi-disciplinary understanding of these roles, and help you to understand, design and evaluate economic and public policies.

Career Pathways

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from The University of Western Australia is designed to nurture future leaders of government, non-profit, and private sector organisations that are aimed at pursuing the public interest.

Graduates may be employed as public policy analysts (either in economics or public administration and governance), as well as managers in public sector departments and agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economic Research and Evaluation Methods 
  • Economic Growth and Institutions 
  • The Economics of Public Policy 
  • Law and Legal Institutions 
  • Theory & Practice of Risk Regulation 
  • Theories of Justice and Punishment 
  • Intersections of Law, Policy and Government 
  • The Politics of Public Policy  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months
  • Part-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements


To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

  • a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and either:
  • the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or
  • at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or
  • significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20000 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 AUD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    12400 AUD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12400 AUD for the full programme during 6 months.

Living costs for Perth

1328 - 2367 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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