discipline

Politics and policy

Explore the big ideas that have shaped and will continue to shape the world. Prepare to tackle current social and political challenges, such as gender equality and asylum seekers, by building your media campaigning skills and engaging in lively discussions.

Politics and international studies at Deakin: ranked in the top 10% in the world*

Master of Politics and Policy: offered entirely online on our Cloud Campus

Career opportunities

Our graduates gain employment in many fields including:

  • business
  • civil society organisations
  • foreign affairs
  • government organisations
  • intelligence and security
  • journalism
  • policy advocacy
  • policy design and analysis
  • policy research
  • politics
  • political advisers
  • political and social research
  • public communication
  • public relations and lobbying
  • public service
  • speechwriting
  • teaching.

*2016 QS World University Rankings

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

My favourite subject would have to be politics. I love the complexity and different areas that I learn about Australia and the world around us.

Akshara Vivekananthan

Bachelor of Arts (majoring in politics)/Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in management)

Study your degree overseas

Discover a new country and make friends all around the world. With a Deakin Education Abroad program, your degree can take you where you want to go.

Research with us

The Master of Politics and Policy focuses on both politics and public policy and offers a wide range of core and elective units to appeal to public sector, business, non-government organisations (NGOs), community sector managers and leaders, and those wishing to acquire new skills.

Learn more about researching with us

Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

Our new Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice is a very practical course for those who work or want to work as political advisors, helping ministers and other decision-makers to execute their policy and media functions. 

It provides professional development for politicians' staff and is also highly relevant for those working in community groups, NGOs, the public sector and statutory bodies, as well as those in business who'd like greater knowledge and understanding of government, public administration and public policy.

Find out more about our Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice

Our community

Deakin’s politics and policy courses are run by academic staff with extensive networks in government and community organisations, which provide exciting internship and employment opportunities for our students.

What do our students and staff say?

Study politics and policy at Deakin

Deakin’s policy and politics professor, Andrew Scott, gives an overview of the discipline and explains what controversial issues students will tackle.

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