University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Innovation

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

This course enables professionals in the public sector who see themselves as 'change agents' to acquire the capability to impact complex problems they encounter in practice. Students learn proven innovation methodologies developed with public organisations, and develop practical skills to initiate and lead innovation projects to address these complex societal problems. Students also develop innovation competency by applying acquired learning to a real-world complex issue of their choice through an experiential, practice-based learning model. The course utilises a peer-learning model within the teaching program. Students benefit from learning from fellow public sector professionals across disciplines. Sponsorship by an employing organisation is a requirement, as students work on a self-selected problem within their own professional practice. Sponsoring organisations benefit from students enrolling in the course in two ways: firstly through increased innovation capability of their staff members, and secondly through the intervention that is developed by these students within the course.


The course comprises four core subjects (24 credit points) intended for part-time study: two subjects in studio mode and two subjects in block mode.


  • Public sector innovation

Standard entry requirements

  • Completed a UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. In addition to the above qualification, applicants need to satisfy the following: a minimum of two years' relevant work experience personal statement (500-700 words) clearly articulating their motivation to enrol in the course, and a minimum two-page CV, clearly articulating their current and past roles and responsibilities. The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $17,195 No

Further information

The course is designed for public sector professionals looking to progress their career through innovation and leadership capacity.

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