Explore the study options and programmes offered by the School of Government.

What is Public Policy and Public Management?

The study of public policy is essentially concerned with what governments do and why they do it. The term "policy" covers the intention, the activity and the result of much governmental action. The study of public policy includes all the planning, politics, processes, ideas, institutions and people involved in such action.

Public management refers to the management of government institutions. Public institutions operate in a different environment to private institutions. They experience far greater exposure to public scrutiny and there are constitutional and political considerations for managers of public agencies.

Careers in Public Policy and Public Management

There is an increasing demand within the public sector for policy analysts who understand the policy process and can critically evaluate policy proposals. An understanding of the role of government and the interface between the private and public sectors is also essential for those who see their future employment in the not-for-profit and the private sector.

Graduates in public policy have taken up a range of employment opportunities within the public sector, in agencies like the Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Treasury. Others are employed in consultancy firms, not-for-profit organisations, or are working as policy analysts in the private sector.

Planning your programme

The School of Government teaches courses in a broad range of subjects, a list of which can be accessed from the Courses Offered page. While most degree programmes require some core papers, there is scope to take papers from a range of disciplines that interest you.

Specific recommendations for each major can be found in the BCom/BA Handbook and Prospectus, which can be downloaded, and the Guide to Study is available. Information is also available at the Commerce Faculty Student Services Counter on the ground floor of Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus; or from our office on the first floor of the Easterfield Building, Kelburn Campus.

Course outlines from previous years can be found on the Victoria Business School website.

For more information

For all student-related enquiries including admission requirements, degree planning, transfer of credit from other tertiary institutions, enrolment, examinations, etc. please contact:

Commerce Faculty Student and Academic Services

Telephone: +64 (04) 463 5376
Fax: +64 (04) 463 5360
Location: Level 1, Railway West Wing, Pipitea Campus.
Enquiries: Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus.

A full list of student advisers and their contact details is available from Commerce Faculty Student and Academic Services or: