Master of Politics and Public Policy

Macquarie University

This program develops students' understanding of the structure and processes of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation from an Australian perspective. The units of this degree are offered within the context of political science. The degree emphasises the politics surrounding public policy, and the changing landscape of policy making and Australian public policy. It develops a comprehensive understanding of current debates in public policy including evidence-based policy, accountability, federal-state relations, globalisation, policy transfer, political parties and citizen engagement.

Course Fee:

Australian: $39,360
International: $51,600

Entry Requirements:

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in politics, international relations, law, sociology, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline; a GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00); relevant work experience


48 credit points at 800 level or above.

Subjects you can Study:

Politics; Public policy

Further information:

Students with little familiarity with Australian political institutions may be required to complete POL892 Special Seminar - Topics in Australian Politics, at the beginning of their program. This unit introduces the main features of the Australian political system and compares them with the political features of other countries. It will not count as credit. This course is available for internal and external study. Full-time and part-time study modes are available.

Who for:

For those who wish to work in public, voluntary or political work or anyone in the private sector who works at the interface with government and public policy decision making

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde No info Yes Online 1.5 years
North Ryde No info Yes Full time 1.5 years
North Ryde No info Yes Part time 3 years
Established in Sydney in 1964, Macquarie University is a progressive voice among universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Created during a time of extraordinary social transformation to be a different kind of university, it was and will always be a bold experiment in higher education.

True to its founders' vision, the University has challenged the conventional thinking of academia through innovations in its campus set-up, curricula, interdisciplinary research, and engagement with industry and the wider community.

More than 40,000 students are enrolled annually across five faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Medicine and Health Sciences, Human Sciences, and Science and Engineering.

Over the years, the campus has become a magnet for a constellation of companies - all local and global leaders in dynamic sectors including information technology and healthcare - which means greater access to career opportunities for its graduates.

The University is imbuing all of its undergraduate curricula with an emphasis on civic and professional participation. Its PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program takes students into working and social environments that enrich their experiences and connections, and open their minds to engaging as active world citizens.

The Macquarie University campus in North Ryde is connected to the Sydney CBD by fast and efficient transport - 20 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.

Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

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