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Master of Politics and Public Policy with the degree of Master of Development Studies


Faculty of Arts
Master of Politics and Public Policy with the degree of Master of Development Studies (MPPPMDevStud)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in social sciences, politics, international relations, law, sociology, anthropology, development studies, human geography, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline
• GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent
Required Supporting Documents:
• CV
English Language Proficiency:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 2.5 years
Part-time: 5 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (25 February 2019)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 2.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 80
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 80
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter? (4)
Development Theory and Practice (4)
Culture, Health and Disease (4)
Public Management and Governance (4)
Policy Design and Practice (4)
Comparative Public Policy (4)
Politics and Policy: An Advanced Introduction (4)
Studying Public Policy (4)
Research Methods in Anthropology (4)
Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation (4)
12cp from
Case Studies in Politics and Policy (4)
Health Policy (4)
Gender and Policy (4)
Public Policy and International Law (4)
Parties, Elections and Campaigns (4)
Intergovernmental Relations (4)
32 cp from
Development Studies specialisation, and
Global Health (4)
or 32 cp from
Global Health specialisation, and
Globalisation and Sustainable Development (4)




AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 095117A
Overview and Aims of the Program The Master of Politics and Public Policy develops your understanding of the structure and processes of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation from an Australian perspective. The units of this degree are offered within the context of political science. The degree emphasises the politics surrounding public policy, and the changing landscape of policy making and Australian public policy. It develops a comprehensive understanding of current debates in public policy including evidence-based policy, accountability, federal-state relations, globalisation, policy transfer, political parties and citizen engagement. Committed to research and teaching at the intersections of anthropology, development studies, human geography and global health, the goal of the Master of Development Studies is to train and equip scholars and practitioners with the knowledge and innovative skills needed to address development and health related issues in our globalized world. The program emphases the interactions between the larger global forces shaping health and development and the community and individual experiences and responses to these forces. We thus offer a space for students to theoretically frame and practically address the social, cultural, environmental and political-economic dynamics within development, humanitarian and global health practice and how these dynamics coalesce and affect people's lives.
Graduate Capabilities

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Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
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Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability This degree develops skills which are relevant for development, humanitarian, political and policy-related work in government and non-government organisations, and in businesses with an interest in public policy decision making and development. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of political and policy processes, and analyse a wide range of current and real-world policies. Graduates include public servants in Commonwealth, state and local government, ministerial advisers, parliamentary and electorate staff, lobbyists, and policy advisors in community and advocacy organisations, or work in media, law or government relations. Graduates are qualified to provide analysis and recommendations regarding community and development projects, feasibility studies, reviews, evaluations and social impact studies for development projects both in Australia and abroad. They are also qualified to participate directly in field research, development, humanitarian and human rights field projects. Program graduates might serve as in-country field consultants, immigrant or refugee assistance organizations and lending agencies that do work in developing countries. Some development specialists work as private consultants to Aboriginal Land Councils and contribute to policy development and shaping interventions.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

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Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148