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Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


60 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Develop and improve your capabilities in policy advising and analysis and get the skills you need to drive government decision-making.

How you'll learn

Core courses are delivered both on-campus and online in a modular format. Typically, you'll attend classes three times a trimester for each course, making it feasible to live outside Wellington and commute for study.

Elective courses are delivered in a variety of modes. Courses also vary in their teaching and learning styles, including in-class lectures, discussions, cases, student presentations, guest presentations, and pre-recorded videos. Assessment varies, including take-home tests, short written exercises (such as blog posts), problem sets, applications, and essays.

Throughout your study, you will enjoy ample opportunities to work on issues of interest to yourself or your employer.


Skilled policy-makers are in demand—both in government and elsewhere—due to their technical and creative skills and commitment to solving society's challenges.

You might advance your career in central, local or regional government, a Crown entity or a not-for-profit organisation, or a private consultancy or corporation that advices and supports agencies in policy development or implementation.

Programme requirements

Complete 60 points from:

Government and Governing (GOVT 501)

An Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy (GOVT 505)

Economics and Policy (GOVT 521)

Policy Analysis and Advising (GOVT 522)

Policy Methods and Practice (GOVT 523)

Policy Workshop (GOVT 524)

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

Bachelor's degree and two years' work experience in the public sector, or extensive work experience.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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