School of Government

Post Experience Programmes in Public Policy

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Our Post Experience programmes in Public Policy are designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, development and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors. The programmes help develop students' policy analysis skills and offer advice to assist decision-makers.

Students learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on concepts and frameworks from economics, politics, philosophy and law, and how they can be applied to specialised areas including social policy and local government, health and education.

Public Policy Programme Options

The Public Policy programme consists of three options:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy (60 points)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy (120 points)
  • Master of Public Policy (180 points)

Students may enter into the desired degree directly or progress from a Certificate to a Diploma to a Master's degree by a process called 'staircasing'. A student may complete their Certificate and then return at a later stage to complete their Diploma or Master's degree. If a degree is awarded and the student then progresses through to the next level, the previous award must be relinquished.


 

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy

The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy (PGCertPP) consists of four courses totalling 60 points. The PGCertPP is generally completed over two consecutive trimesters in one year, with students taking two courses per trimester. Students should complete the PGCertPP within two years of first enrolling in the programme.

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy

The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy (PGDipPP) consists of courses totalling 120 points. The PGDipPP is generally completed in four trimesters over two years, with students taking two courses per trimester. Students should complete the PGDipPP within three years of first enrolling in the programme.

Master of Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) consists of courses totalling 180 points. The programme is usually completed in six trimesters over three years for part-time students, taking two courses per trimester. Full-time students usually complete the MPP programme in three to four trimesters over two years, taking four courses per trimester. Students should complete the MPP within four years of first enrolling in the programme.

 

For More Information

For further information on courses and timetables, please refer to the Post Experience Prospectus.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact:

Telephone: (04) 463 5458
Email: sog-masters@vuw.ac.nz