If the idea of a career in politics excites you, then the Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice is your gateway to challenging and engaging political advisory roles.
The course is a skills-based, highly targeted course designed to qualify you for professional and highly skilled work as a political advisor. You’ll be helping ministers and other political figures carry out their various political, policy and media functions.
The course explores the parliamentary system and functions of parliament, the nature of diverse ideologies and how to bring about positive change in the world. Case studies and comparison of Australian practices with those of other countries are used to help in critical reflection on processes and outcomes.
You will gain a rigorous theoretical grounding in politics, plus a suite of practical skills that will help you to understand, and effectively contribute to our political system.
Your studies will introduce you to analytical tools in political contexts, and theoretical discussions of public policy will be grounded in a number of case studies relating to taxation, industry policy, industrial relations, social policy, gender and the environment.
You will learn about accountability in governance while exploring ways of responding effectively, imaginatively and ethically to these demands. You will also explore the nature of democracy, the challenges facing democracy today, and challenge your own assumptions about democracy in the West and elsewhere.
Other areas studied include intergovernmental relations, managing public expenditure, federal budget processes, how the media shape public opinion and the policy agenda, and the role of modern communication technologies.
Career opportunities for graduates exist in the following areas: local councils, public service departments and statutory authorities, state and federal parliaments, small business to multinational corporations, policy researchers in NGOs including overseas aid organisations, policy consultants, and roles working in political parties and electoral offices.
The course is a pathway for further learning, progressing into Deakin University’s Master of Politics and Policy.Read More
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points of compulsory core units and
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent, or prior relevant professional experience as approved by the Course Director.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
To be eligible for admission to this program, all applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, see here.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above.
Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:
- If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
- If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.
* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
The courses are designed as professional development programs for early or mid-career professionals or for those involved in or, seeking to become involved in, policy making and management within the public, community and business sectors, domestically and internationally.
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Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Advanced knowledge of, and specialised cognitive skills involving Australia’s political system and governance that may be applied in professional practice and adapted to different contexts.
Sound understanding of policy development, implementation and evaluation.
|Ability to communicate effectively potentially complex knowledge and ideas involving political and policy issues to a variety of audiences, both specialist and non-specialist.|
|Employ a range of digital communication technologies and platforms appropriately to conduct research, engage in debate, and communicate ideas, findings, etc.|
|Cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas, proposals etc. involving diverse institutions and actors, within and beyond the ‘formal’ political sphere.|
|Employ appropriate methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in such areas as: public policy; political institutions, processes and practices; democratic governance; citizen engagement; and, political communication.|
|Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of politics and/or public policy.|
|Work and learn collaboratively with others from similar, but also at times quite different disciplines and backgrounds.|
Engage ethically and productively in a professional political context in addressing complex real world problems which involve different political ‘jurisdictions’ and societies or cultural communities with different ‘world views’.
Recognise the potential value of engaging with and drawing upon the experiences and insights of experts and non-experts globally in understanding and addressing diverse political and policy challenges.
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
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- Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.
The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and the Masters of Politics and Policy comprise a suite of fully articulated courses. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice will lead to entry into the Master of Politics and Policy (A729) with up to 8 credit points for credit transfer.
Faculty contact information
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