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Field of Study

Public Policy

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

This major focuses on the political, institutional, economic, social and ideological forces that shape Australian governance and public policy.

You'll undertake two year-long compulsory courses to understand contemporary research relevant to public policy, and apply academic research methodologies to your field.

This will prepare you for a year-long honours research project in which you'll work with a supervisor to develop and complete all aspects of a thesis. This includes developing a suitable topic, creating a statement of intent for your work, applying appropriate methodologies and presenting your written conclusions.


1 in Queensland for social policy and administration

QS World University Rankings 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Public policy officer
  • Program analyst
  • Public relations officer
  • Community relations manager
  • Youth worker
  • Public policy analyst

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Creativity and Design in Political Research
  • Frontiers of Research
  • Honours Research Thesis Part B

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