Deakin University

Master of Politics and Policy

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

In the 21st century, the world faces an array of complex political problems: climate change, disease pandemics, ethnic and religious conflict, refugee crises and new forms of populism and authoritarianism. Deakin’s Master of Politics and Policy will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to understand these complex global challenges and develop policy that will bring about positive social change. Deakin’s Master of Politics and Policy is one of the few courses in Australia that combine the two disciplines. In doing so, we unpack the political context in which public policy is developed. You’ll gain real-world skills that reflect current industry practices, such as how to prepare policy briefing papers and how to develop political communication strategies. You’ll also explore how differing political perspectives shape the dynamics between government, the private sector and community. The course equips early-to-mid stage career professionals with highly valued skills in leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. Prepare to graduate a more politically aware, socially conscious and policy driven individual.

Designed for

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


8 credit points comprising 3 core and 5 course-elective/research


  • 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

Standard entry requirements

Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline or Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience or Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline or Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Study pathways

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

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $21,600
International: $31,000

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online).

Note that this course is offered to domestic and international students by off-shore external study only

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