GD068 - Graduate Diploma in Public Policy

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Plan: GD068P14 - Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
Campus: City Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
Award abbreviation: GradDipPubPol
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Equivalent to 1 years FT or 2 years PT, (check Articulation & Pathways section for more detail)
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090100
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This program has been specifically designed for policy actors and managers working in government, community sector organizations.   With a focus on public policy making and development, the program has been designed to enable you to develop specialised theoretical and practical knowledge/skills in all facets of public policy.

You will engage in critical enquiry in regard to global, national and local policy practice and be conversant with key concepts, debates and processes that underpin contemporary policy making activities.  While developing your critical thinking and research skills, you will also learn to how to explore the links between evidence, policy and practice and develop the capacity to determine the ways in which contemporary ideas and practices enable, shape and limit public policy reform.

On completion of the program you will be able to engage in professional practice across a range of different contexts (private sector, government and non government organizations). You will be able to make sense of critical issues in society, confidently argue about the nature of policy problems and engage in policy development/implementation practices that contribute to positive policy outcomes.  You will also be able to work independently and collaboratively in teams.

As a life-long learner and reflective practitioner, you will have gained skill sets that are transferable and able to be practised in a global context.  These skills relate to research, policy analysis, professional communication and problem solving.

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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is available as an exit award of the Master of Public Policy (MC216). If you wish to exit early with the Graduate Diploma you must have completed all 96 credit points or have been granted credit for previous study at an equivalent level (AQF 8).

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related Masters programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is available as an exit award only. Applicants must apply for entry to the Master of Public Policy (MC216) (see entrance requirements below).

Program Entry Requirements
An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent. Applicants with significant work experience may also be considered. For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page - http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent

English language requirements
A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page - http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/country-conversion

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit studies in public policy.

The program has strong links with industry, including an active Program Advisory Committee with industry representation and active involvement in collaborative research projects. Industry representatives contribute to student learning through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and guest lectures. Graduates of the program secure work in in government and non-government organisations

In addition the program is strongly aligned with RMIT’s Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) which undertakes research and promotes public debate on key areas of social change and social policy. The Centre works closely with a range of community organizations, government departments, local governments and the union movement.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT
www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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