The Master of Public Policy Management explores the dynamics between governments and emerging issues that affect all levels of government.
Our innovative curriculum provides you with a deeper understanding of management challenges in government, and will equip you to respond to public policy issues. It will also provide you with the skills to drive improved performance across the spectrum of public sector activities.
The course allows you to align your learning to your career aspirations and develop expertise in leadership, strategic management, public service operations and governance.
The course is suited to experienced professionals who are working or aspire to work, in senior roles within the public sector, or who require an understanding of the public sector. We offer small classes to facilitate interactivity and engagement, and your student cohort will provide excellent opportunities to network and learn from peers from a range of backgrounds and jurisdictions. The course is offered in both on and off-campus study mode, with some units offered in intensive block mode to help you balance work and study commitments.
Upon graduation you will also become part of our alumni network employed in senior positions in government and the broader public sector in Australia and overseas.
The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications you may receive credit for part A or part B or a combination of the two.
PART A. Mastery knowledge These units will provide you with a comprehensive study of core management constructs and the impact they have on decision-making in public sector organisations. These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide effective and sound governance and solutions in public environments.
PART B. Application studies The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. This could be achieved by selecting complementary units offered across the university or by undertaking specified units which provide a research pathway towards a Doctor of Philosophy course.
The Department of Management comprises the largest grouping of management researchers in Australia. Our main research strengths include organisational behaviour, leadership, human resource management, work and employment relations, ethics, operations and supply chain, and public management and governance.
Our research informs our teaching and makes a significant contribution to the body of management knowledge and has beneficial impacts on individuals, organisations and society.
In the latest Federal Government's 'Excellence in Research for Australia' (ERA 2012) assessment, we were rated 'above world standard', for our research in management. Researchers regularly publish in top ranked A and A* journals.
We are currently working on research projects supported by more than $2 million in external funding. In the last five years researchers have won significant funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Schemes, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Aid (AusAid) programs. These projects are focused on key issues both in Australia and overseas.
Three academic groups manage our learning and teaching:
- Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - Governance, Leadership and Organisation - International Business, Operations and Strategy
Our teaching programs in Human Resource Management have been accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute after a rigorous process of validation.