Master of Politics and Policy

Deakin University

This course focuses on the development, implementation and politics of public policy. Explore our role as citizens in the Australian community, the nature of diverse ideologies and the close relations between government, the private sector and community organisations. The focus on democratic governance within contemporary contexts characterised by rapid change and globalisation distinguishes this course from traditional public policy studies. The Master of Politics and Policy emphasises a dual focus on politics and public policy and offers a wide range of core units and elective units to appeal to the public sector, business, NGO and community sector managers and leaders, and those wishing to acquire new skills. Core units explore public policy analysis frameworks, the development and implementation of public policy under conditions of democratic governance, governance and accountability, skills building in evaluation, and corporate social responsibility. Student will undertake practical training, focusing on the relations between government, the private sector and community organisations, and between different levels of government.

Course Fee:

Australian: $41,416
International: $57,264

Entry Requirements:

A Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline; other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent


16 credit points comprising core, elective and research/thesis units

Subjects you can Study:

Accountability and corporate social responsibility; Challenges to democratic governance; Enaging for change; Governance and accountability; Intergovernmental relations; Managing public expenditure; Policy and program evalutaion; Political communication; Political values and public policy; Public policy analysis; Rethinking democracy; Qualitative research; Quantitative research

Study Pathways:

Credit for prior learning will be granted in accordance with university policy

Who for:

Those currently involved in or seeking to become involved in policy making and management

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Burwood No info Yes Online 2 years

Why study with us

Deakin is the number one university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction and among the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

With industry connections, world-class facilities and a practical approach to learning, Deakin students gain more than just a qualification – they graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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As a Deakin student, you can choose from full-time, part-time or intensive study options across Deakin’s bachelor, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, explore cross-international study, gain an internship, or work in simulated environments to tailor your learning experience and get a head start in your dream career.

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