Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates) Degree

Master of Politics and Policy

Focus on the development, implementation and politics of public policy with a Master of Politics and Policy course at Deakin. Discover the study options here.

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Key facts

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)

Course information

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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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;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) 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

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Core units

12

Research/Electives

16

Total units

Core units

  • Policy Lessons From Overseas AIP740
  • Policy and Program Evaluation AIP747
  • Governance and Accountability AIP773
  • Rethinking Democracy AIP783
  • Elective units

  • Political Values and Public Policy AIP703
  • Challenges to Democratic Governance AIP746
  • Intergovernmental Relations AIP748
  • Social and Environmental Accountability AIP786
  • Managing Public Expenditure AIP780
  • Political Communication AIP781
  • Engaging for Change AIP782
  • Political Competition AIP785
  • 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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Politics and Policy
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A729
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $20,496 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, 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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    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.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Use advanced knowledge of, and expert, specialized cognitive skills in Politics and Policy in professional practice or scholarship and apply this knowledge and skills to different contexts.

    Gain an advanced understanding of Public policy analysis frameworks and the development and implementation of public policy under conditions of democratic governance and accountability within contemporary contexts characterised by rapid change and globalization

    Communication

    Acquire communication skills to design, evaluate analyse and disseminate the findings of research that deploys political concepts, theories and technical knowledge, in a selection of written, digital and oral formats, to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

    Digital literacy

    Employ a range of generic and specialist politics-specific digital communication technologies to apply political knowledge, to conduct political research, and to deliver reports and presentations to a diverse range of specialist and non-specialist audience. 

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and critically evaluate different interpretations of political phenomena.

    Demonstrate mastery of the research methods used to investigate political phenomena and technical skills in the design, evaluation, analysis of developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in governance and policy. 

    Problem solving

    Utilize advanced understanding of the process of government and public sector management in professional practice and/or scholarship to generate approaches and solutions to complex problems of politics and governance.

    Demonstrate advanced skills in investigating and analyzing complex political phenomena using qualitative methodologies including textual, discursive and historical analysis, process tracing, and ethnographic techniques.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge in Politics and Policy with high level personal autonomy, responsibility, accountability in situations of professional practice and/or for further learning.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others in the field of political science and from different disciplines and backgrounds while still maintaining responsibility for one’s own learning.

    Global citizenship

    Analyse and address political issues in both domestic and global contexts as a reflective scholar and practitioner, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards.

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2015

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    Research Information

    Students will undertake research training and complete a research project in one of the three following options:

    • one credit points of research training in research design, and a one credit point research project;
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a two credit point research project; or
    • two credit points of research training in research design and methods (qualitative or quantitative), and a four credit point research project developed in consultation with a supervisor from the relevant discipline

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points) If you have a Graduate Certificate in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (unit) which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Graduate Diploma in the same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 1 years full time or part-time equivalent (8 credit points)

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    A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A ‘same discipline’ background award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in Politics, Political Studies, Policy Studies, Government, Politics and International Studies, Political Science or Political Economy.

    Alternative exits

    • 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.

    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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