Master of Politics and Policy

Deakin University

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

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.

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

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne Burwood Domestic: $42,424
International: $60,904
No information available Yes
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

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