Master of Politics and Policy

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

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 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.

You’ll undertake practical training focused on the relations between government, the private sector and community organisations, and between different levels of government.

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Duration

1-2 years full time or part time equivalent depending on your entry point

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of Politics and Policy

Year

2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees

Deakin code

A729

Level

Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)

Entry requirements

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

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.

Course Structure

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

  • 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

4

Core units

12

Research/Electives

16

Total units

Core units

  • Public Policy Analysis AIP740
  • Policy and Program Evaluation AIP747
  • Governance and Accountability AIP773
  • Rethinking Democracy AIP783
  • Research units

  • Research Project AIX701
  • Dissertation A AIX702
  • Dissertation B AIX703
  • Research Paper A AIX704
  • Research Paper B AIX705
  • Research Design AIX706
  • Qualitative Research AIX707
  • Quantitative Research AIX708
  • Elective units

  • Challenges to Democratic Governance AIP746
  • Intergovernmental Relations AIP748
  • Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility AIP777
  • Managing Public Expenditure AIP780
  • Political Communication AIP781
  • Engaging for Change AIP782
  • Political Competition AIP784
  • 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.

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

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    Course pathways

    Alternative exits

    • Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    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).

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

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    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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