Master of Public Leadership & Policy

Developing Future Global Leaders

Modern societies demand that those in positions of power protect the public interest and pursue the common good. The primary expectation is effective leadership, particularly in the development and delivery of public policy. Despite the substantial premium placed on public leadership, few theorists and even fewer practitioners have closely examined the challenges of exercising public leadership in a range of contexts or the relationship between public leadership and policy formulation.  

The Master of Public Leadership and Policy at UNSW Canberra uniquely addresses this gap by offering students a combination of courses focused specifically on public leadership. The program combines this with a rich selection of electives that address broader issues related to local, national and global policy and its implementation. The Master of Public Leadership and Policy has been developed to serve those occupying or aspiring to positions of public leadership, as well as postgraduate scholars seeking to develop research competence in this highly significant emerging field. 

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You can find more information on this degree on the UNSW Handbook.

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Students undertaking this program are required to take 8 courses (48 UOC) comprising 12 UOC of core courses, with the remaining 6 courses selected from the elective courses listed below in Course Availability.

Note:
- Students who obtain at least a Distinction average across four courses may take a 12 UOC research thesis, ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A (6 UOC) and ZHSS8402 Research Thesis B (6 UOC). You must enrol in both units to fulfill the requirements. You may enrol in the two units concurrently to do the thesis in a single semester, or consecutively to complete it over two semesters. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator

- Students may, with the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator, take up to two courses (12 UOC) from other courses offered in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Business or related coursework programs.

Students are required to complete 12 UOC of the following core courses:

Core Courses Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Leadership Distance Mode Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
Principles Public Leadership Not Offered Not Offered

 

Students are required to complete 36 UOC of the following courses:

Elective Courses Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Strategic Management Distance Mode Distance Mode
Change Management Distance Mode Not Offered
People and Systems Distance Mode Not Offered
Cross Cultural Management Distance Mode Not Offered
Strategic Communication Not Offered Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges Not Offered Distance Mode
Global Justice and World Politics Not Offered Not Offered
Cyber-Security and World Politics Distance Mode Not Offered

Note -  Students who obtain at least a Distinction average across four courses may take a 12 UOC research thesis, ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A 6 UOC and ZHSS8402 Research Thesis B 6 UOC. You must enrol in both units to fulfil the requirements. You may enrol in the two units concurrently to do the thesis in a single semester, or consecutively to complete it over two semesters. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

Research Thesis Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Research Thesis A  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Research Thesis B Distance Mode Distance Mode

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.