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Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance

Australia and New Zealand International
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Duration
1 years part-time
1 years part-time
Entry
February
February

Why choose this course?

This exciting and flexible graduate certificate has been designed in consultation with government agencies. The content has been tailored to government selection criteria, so you will learn key skills that are crucial to working in policy development and analysis.

Although a postgraduate level course, it is unique in that you don’t need an undergraduate qualification to apply. You can even gain recognition for the skills you already have from working in the public sector. If you don’t have an undergraduate qualification, free online resources are available to help you prepare for academic writing, analysis and referencing once you’re enrolled in the course. QUT’s highly experienced academics are also available to you for academic support as you progress through the course.

You will acquire advanced knowledge of: social policy, theoretical and practical approaches to policy development (nationally and globally) and the impacts of policy on marginalised Australians.

This course will enhance your networking and negotiating skills. You will also gain public sector skills in ethics and compliance, which are an essential requirement to work in government.  
 

Real-world learning

  • learn from policy and governance experts in the real world
  • understand the complex structure of government and its functions
  • learn the context and social implications of policy
  • obtain recognition for the skills you already have in the public sector and gain a competitive advantage
  • draw on your real world experience
  • hone your ability to liaise with a diversity of stakeholders
  • learn how to gather stakeholder views to policy issues across local and national contexts
  • critically analyse social and administrative data sets
  • make evidence-based judgements to create real world solutions
  • learn how to present briefing notes, reports and Cabinet submissions
  • evaluate diverse social perspectives across cultures, gender and income groups.

Highlights

Want to work at the pointy end of policy?

Make your mark in the public sector with this Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance.

You don’t need a degree to apply for this flexible, online course. All you need is real world experience and a keen interest in getting the skills and confidence to become a key player in policy development. The course was designed around the selection criteria for high level policy positions, which means it’s career-focused and hands on. And best of all it can be completed in just one year. So why not put yourself in a position of influence?

  • Learn from policy and governance experts in the real world
  • Learn how to present briefing notes, reports and Cabinet submissions, as well as understand the complex structure of government and its functions
  • Course delivered completely online – complete learning items within units as quickly as you like.

Highlights

Want to work at the pointy end of policy?

Make your mark in the public sector with this Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance.

You don’t need a degree to apply for this flexible, online course. All you need is real world experience and a keen interest in getting the skills and confidence to become a key player in policy development. The course was designed around the selection criteria for high level policy positions, which means it’s career-focused and hands on. And best of all it can be completed in just one year. So why not put yourself in a position of influence?

  • Learn from policy and governance experts in the real world
  • Learn how to present briefing notes, reports and Cabinet submissions, as well as understand the complex structure of government and its functions
  • Course delivered completely online – complete learning items within units as quickly as you like.

What to expect

QUT’s Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance is job focused, with many exciting career opportunities in the influential world of government. Gain advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of: policy planning, implementation and evaluation; ethics; social justice; government systems; and research methods.

Developed in consultation with the Queensland Public Service Commission (QPSC), the course is designed to teach the skill sets identified by QPSC for work in the policy field.

Flexible delivery

This course is delivered completely online and you'll learn in a supportive environment. Collaborate with peers online and access academic and student services support as you study.

QUT's Library also offers an assistance program with resources to help you in your transition to tertiary study.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

You will have the confidence and know-how to work in the head office of government departments developing policy options. It’s your opportunity to work at the pointy end of decision making to make a real difference.

Careers include:

  • Principal advisor   
  • Principal planner 
  • Principal planning officer   
  • Senior policy officer
  • Ministerial policy adviser
  • AO6 and AO7 government administrative officer positions.


 

Possible careers

  • Government Officer
  • Ministerial policy adviser
  • Policy Officer
  • Policy analyst
  • Public Servant
  • Senior policy officer

Requirements

Course code
JS23
Duration
  • 1 years part-time
  • 1 years part-time
Entry
  • February
  • February

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline.

Alternative entry

Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have at least seven (7) years professional work experience in any area or five (5) years relevant professional work experience in the Public Sector and/or Justice Professions may apply for entry

Those seeking to gain entry based on work experience should provide their curriculum vitae (CV) and Statements of Service from their employer.

 

 

 

 

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019

2019: $10,000 per course (48 credit points)

2019

2019: $14,900 per course (48 credit points)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

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