Master of Politics and Policy

Course summary for local students

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Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Politics and Policy
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$18,000* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Postgraduate Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Tel 03 9246 8100 

or 03 5227 1359
artsed-pg@deakin.edu.au

Course Director

Peter Haeusler, +61 3 924 46756, peter.haeusler@deakin.edu.au

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

Deakin course code A729

New course commencing 2015.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 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, intergovernmental relations and accountability, and corporate social responsibility. You will undertake practical training focused on the relations between government, the private sector and community organisations, and between different levels of government. Units in the course are designed to give you a solid background in politics and policy while also building your skills so that you are a well-trained, highly competent and confident graduate. The focus on democratic governance within contemporary contexts characterised by rapid change and globalisation distinguishes this course from traditional public policy studies. The course also provides the option of completing a thesis suitable for articulation into a research masters or PhD.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

Career opportunities

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.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete 16 credit points of study comprising:

  • 4 credit points of compulsory core units; and
  • 12 credit points of study combining research and elective units in one of the following configurations:

Option 1: Dissertation (for students undertaking the PhD pathway)

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708)
  • 4 credit points of research project (AIX702, AIX703)
  • 6 credit points of electives

Option 2: Research Paper

  • 2 credit points of research training (AIX706, plus one of AIX707 or AIX708)
  • 2 credit points of independent research project (AIX704, AIX705)
  • 8 credit points of electives

Option 3: Research Project

  • 1 credit point of research training (AIX706)
  • 1 credit point independent research project (AIX701)
  • 10 credit points of electives

Course structure

Core units


Trimester 1

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Trimester 2

AIP783Rethinking Government

Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AIP773Governance and Accountability


Research units

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX701Research Project

Elective units

AIP746Challenges to Democratic Governance

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility *

AIP780Managing Public Expenditure

AIP781Political Communication

AIP782Engaging for Change

AIP784Executive Government

* AIP777 not offered 2015 - reoffered 2016.

Students may undertake up to 3 credit points of electives from any other postgraduate course offered by any Faculty, with the Course Director's approval.

Entry requirements - specific

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (min. 3 years) in any discipline area or approved international equivalent.

Admission is available through a number of categories. In all admission categories, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. For more information on Deakin Admissions Policy visitThe Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

Applications for credit transfer will be considered depending on the quality and subject matter of the student's prior qualifications and professional experience.

Students will be required to undertake 16 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • A bachelor degree from an approved tertiary institution; OR
  • Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 12 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • A postgraduate certificate or diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent.

Students will be required to undertake 8 credit points of study if admitted on the basis of:

  • An honours degree in a cognate discipline; OR
  • An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and a relevant graduate certificate OR an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline and 2 years of full-time documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent; OR
  • A postgraduate diploma in a cognate discipline.
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice (A617) will lead to entry into this course with 8 credit points of specified Credit for Prior Learning against 3 core and 5 elective units (AIP740, AIP773, AIP784, AIP748, AIP780, AIP781, AIP782, AIP783).

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. 

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
 

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