Graduate Diploma in Public Policy


The Graduate Diploma is aimed primarily at students who have an undergraduate qualification in a non-cognate discipline. However, for those students who feel that they did not quite reach their full potential in their undergraduate degree, the programme also offers the opportunity to acquire an additional 'top-up' qualification.

They can choose modules from the broad list of Master of Public Policy Course. Depending on their performance, aspirations and selection of modules, students can transfer from the graduate diploma into the Master of Public Policy in the stream in which they specialised.

Structure & Modules

The Graduate Diploma in Public Policy is a 60-credit programme. When starting the course, students will choose one out of the eight streams.

Students must take the following modules:

  • 4 core modules (10 credits each, 2 hours each week for 12 weeks, Friday Afternoons 2-6pm)
  • 2-4 option modules (20 credits in total). A range of option modules will vary depending on the stream

Core Modules: 

  • Core modules are:
    • CSSL40010 Public Administration & Policy
    • SPOL41020 Data & Methods for Pol Analys
    • POL40160 Comparative Public Policy
    • SPOL40450 Evidence-Based Policy Making
  • Thesis or Internship Placement (May-Aug. 30 credits)


Option Modules:

Students choose option modules according to their choice of stream.