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Graduate Certificate in  Governance and Public Policy

Program code: 5364
CRICOS code: 065330M


St Lucia


Half Year full-time


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
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted. view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $15,048
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the 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. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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

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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 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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