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Master of Public Policy

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

University of Auckland

Summary

Develop your potential for leadership in local and national government, non-governmental organisations, or the private sector.

Programme overview

The MPP gives you a foundation in the core principles, concepts and methods of public policy research and analysis, and develops your skills in solving public policy problems.

You can connect theory with practice by studying the nature of policy, policy design and the policy process, and engaging in policy analysis and development.

You’ll be able to follow your own interests through research and elective courses. You can apply to enrol in our internship course for hands-on experience in policy.

Programme structure

The MPP is available as either a taught or research masters, with 180-point or 120-point options, depending on your possible qualification and whether you would like to write a thesis.

Taught (180 point)

  • Enter from an undergraduate qualification
  • Three semesters full-time or up to twelve semesters part-time
  • Five core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, research design, comparative public policy and advanced research skills (75 points)
  • Dissertation (45 points)
  • Elective courses (60 points)

Research (180 point)

  • Enter from an undergraduate qualification
  • Three semesters full-time
  • Five core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, research design, comparative public policy and advanced research skills (75 points)
  • Thesis (90 points)
  • Elective course (15 points)

Research (120 point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate qualification
  • One year full-time
  • Two core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, research design, comparative public policy or advanced research skills (30 points)
  • Thesis (90 points)

Taught (120 point)

  • Enter from a postgraduate qualification
  • One year full-time
  • Four core courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, research design, and comparative public policy (60 points)
  • Either a 15-point course in advanced research skills and a 30-point dissertation, or a 45-point dissertation (45 points)
  • Elective course (15 points)

Where could this programme take you?

The MPP is a career-focused qualification that can give you the skills and knowledge you need for a career in public policy, local or national government, non-governmental organisations, or the private sector. It is popular with people already working in governments around the world looking to upskill, and offers the flexibility to study part-time alongside your current job.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Democracy services graduate
  • Division chief for policy formulation
  • Executive director
  • Independent policy and governance adviser
  • Journalist
  • Policy adviser
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy researcher

Further study options

  • Doctor of Philosophy

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Entry criteria

120 points: You must have completed a one-year postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) and an introductory statistics course. Four-year undergraduate degrees will be considered where the final year consists of postgraduate-level study. You will need a GPE of 5.0. Relevant disciplines include business, communication, criminology, economics, education, governance, law, media, organisational studies, political sciences public administration, public health, public management, public policy, public relations, sociology and social work.

180 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognised university (or similar institution) in a relevant discipline and an introductory statistics course. You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 120 points: You must have completed a one-year postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) and an introductory statistics course. You must also have completed two postgraduate courses in policy analysis, economics of policy, comparative public policy or advanced research skills. You will need a GPE of 5.0. Four-year undergraduate degrees will be considered where the final year consists of postgraduate-level study.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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