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Graduate Certificate in  Governance and Public Policy

Program code: 5364

Delivery location

St Lucia


Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Boost your policy career and gain an advanced understanding of twenty-first century governance and public policy.

  • This flexible program can be completed full-time or part-time and is for those with an approved degree in any discipline, or a combination of post-secondary study and relevant full-time work experience.
  • Undertake high level coursework to gain practical knowledge, research skills and a critical, inquiring approach to questions of governance and policy development in the modern world.
  • Gain a better understanding of how governments operate as well as the major public issues confronting our society across areas such as community and international policy, governance and development, and resource management.
  • Graduate with a standalone qualification, or use your Graduate Certificate as a pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Governance and Public Policy or Master of Governance in Public Policy. You may be eligible to transfer study credits.

Enhance your ability to make your mark as a provider of key policy insights and innovative business strategies.

  • Professional experience

    Learn from the experts

    You will interact with world-class scholars and policy practitioners, and work closely with top rated researchers in the field. You will also be exposed to leading thinkers in the public, private and community sectors on a regular basis.

  • Students

    Multicultural learning environment

    Study and network with public servants from a range of different nations in a genuinely multicultural classroom, giving you a global perspective.

Career outcomes

Our graduates can be found in ministerial and public sector leadership roles, senior public management positions, think tanks and policy research institutes, social enterprise and not-for-profit leadership roles, and special adviser roles.

Students may also consider progression to the Graduate Diploma in Governance and Public Policy or the higher-level Master of Governance and Public Policy, and can use their Graduate Certificate to apply for course credit.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 4.5; or

Post-secondary study and documentary evidence of two years full-time work experience in a public policy relevant organisation.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $11,380
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy is 5364. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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