Master of Politics and Policy

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Politics and Policy
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$26,000 for 1 yr full-time AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A729
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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


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.


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.


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

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

  • 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

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

Course structure

Core units

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

AIP773Governance and Accountability

AIP783Rethinking Democracy

Research units

AIX701Research Project

AIX702Dissertation A

AIX703Dissertation B

AIX704Research Paper A

AIX705Research Paper B

AIX706Research Design

AIX707Qualitative Research

AIX708Quantitative Research

Elective units

AIP703Political Values and Public Policy

AIP746Challenges to Democratic Governance

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility

AIP780Managing Public Expenditure

AIP781Political Communication

AIP782Engaging for Change

AIP784Political Competition

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.

Course Map

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Entry requirements - specific

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 should check the Entry and English Language requirements.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. (more details)

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. 

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)