Politics and policy



Gain knowledge of the big ideas that have shaped and will shape the world when you study politics and policy at Deakin. You'll learn practical media campaigning skills and engage in lively discussions of major issues from asylum seekers to marriage equality. Through your studies, you'll learn how to make better sense of the world we live in and recognise how to meet the current social and political challenges we face.

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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