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Master of Public Policy in Development Policy

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan NPPDP
  • CRICOS code 082349C
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan NPPDP
  • CRICOS code 082349C
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies

Program Requirements

The Master of Public Policy in Development Policy requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy

POGO6900 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

POGO8012 Governance and Institutions

POGO8019 The Economic Way of Thinking 2

POGO8024 Social Policy, Society and Change

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

POGO8096 Research Methods (6 units)

POGO8117 Program Management


6 units from completion of an economics course from the following list:

POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking 1

POGO8081 Economics for Government 


6 units from completion of a policy course from the following list:

POGO8082 Political Institutions and Policy Processes

POGO8090 Making and Evaluating Policy


A minimum of 18 units from completion of a development policy course from the following list:

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8049 Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs

EMDV8002 Methods for Environmental Decision-Making

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice

POGO8102 Selected Themes in Public Policy

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

POGO8219 Governing Urbanisation


A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic climate change policy and economics

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EURO8003 The European Union: Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective.

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

IDEC8088 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Principles and Practice

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis

POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management

POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8055 Case Studies in Decision Making

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POGO8085 Implementing Social Policy

POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice

POGO8101 Policy Process and Analysis

POGO8102 Selected Themes in Public Policy

POGO8111 Leadership and Organisational Analysis

POGO8115 International Negotiations

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

POGO8219 Governing Urbanisation

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy

POPH8103 Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum 3 years' work experience.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Credit may also be available for work experience in the field of public policy.


Cognate Disciplines

Economics, Commerce (with substantial Economics content), Law, International Relations, Policy Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Geography, Demography,  Public Administration


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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Public Policy specialising in Development Policy is designed for students who are professionally engaged in development agencies in government and other development-related organisations working with government, or students who are interested in development studies. The degree provides students with a range of topics including theories and debates in development and introduces advanced policy analysis skills so that the students may develop in depth understanding and critical skills for analysing policies. The courses cover a range of topics such as development policies and economics, poverty reduction, social policy, political institutions and conflicts, and climate and environmental changes.

The duration of this degree is 2 years full time (or equivalent part time) however credit for prior learning or work experience may be available. Please see admission requirements below for details or contact the Crawford School for further information.


Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of key debates and thinking in the field of public policy, in particular development policy.
  2. Reflect critically on and engage in key theoretical debates in the field of development policy
  3. Engage influentially in debates and analysis of public policy issues and practical challenges across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and both qualitative and quantitative methodologies relevant to the field of public policy
  5. Identify and apply appropriate research methods to development policy challenges
  6. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives
  7. Develop innovative development policy recommendations to complex problems in changing policy environments
  8. Understand challenges relating to management, implementation and evaluation of development policies and respond to these in innovative ways

Cognate disciplines

Economic Policy, Economics, Policy Studies, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Sociology

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