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Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration

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Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration

Deakin course code D720

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Course overview

With more fluid labour markets and career patterns, and governance models increasingly characterised by public–private partnerships and other cross-sectoral arrangements, the combined Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration provides a unique opportunity for you to acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills applicable in many sectors of the economy.


The Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration is a 16 credit point combined course which brings together two existing courses: the Master of Politics and Policy, which is a program tailored for employees in the public and community sectors; and the Master of Business Administration, which is designed for managers in the private, public and community sectors who wish to extend their knowledge and advance their career.


The course will provide you with a strong grounding in the development, implementation and analysis of public policy. Interrelationships between government, the private sector and community organisations, as well as between different levels of government (municipal, state, national and international) will also be studied. More broadly the course addresses the problems of governance within democratic political systems, at the same time aiming to impart knowledge and business skills in areas such as strategic management, finance, economics and marketing.

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration a student must complete a 16 credit point course of study comprising 8 credit points of units undertaken in the Faculty of Arts and Education and 8 credit points of units undertaken in the Faculty of Business and Law. The dissertation component (AIX702 and AIX703) provides a pathway for students to apply for admission to PhD.

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Course structure

Master of Politics and Policy


Notes: Continuing students (enrolled prior to 2011) may need to refer to the 2010 Handbook entry for this course and contact Student Services office for further course advice Tel 03 9244 6007 or 03 9251 7071 arts-pg@deakin.edu.au


Core units

Trimester 1

AIP746 Challenges to Democratic Governance  

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

Trimester 2

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP777 Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility  


Trimester 3

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  



Select 2 credit points from the following list of electives:



MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  

MPT781/MPE781 Economics for Managers  #


Community Development

ADS704 Community Development Theory and Practice A  

ADS705 Community Development Theory and Practice B  



ECM704 Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration  

EXE737 Leading and Managing Learning Organisations  

EXE738 Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts  



SLE721 Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development  

SLE725 Environmental Management Systems  

MPM704 Managing for Environmental Sustainability  



HSH701 Principles and Practice of Public Health  

HSH702 Contemporary Health Issues and Policies  

HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health  


International Relations

AIR719 The United Nations and International Law  

AIR726 Human Rights in the International System  


Research Units

For students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway in Politics and Policy Studies, the following units are offered:

AIX702 Dissertation A  2 credit points *


AIX703 Dissertation B  2 credit points *


* Students are required to seek approval from the Course Director if they wish to undertake these units.  Upon approval to enrol, students will be granted exemption from two core units in order to accommodate the Dissertation within the 8 credit points.



Master of Business Administration
Core units
Students must complete the following core units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law:

MPR751/MPA751 Financial Reporting and Analysis  *#

MPT781/MPE781 Economics for Managers  #

MPF753/MPT753 Finance  #

MPK732 Marketing Management  *

MPR706/MPM706 Strategic Management  *

MPM721 Organisational Behaviour  *

MPM701 Business Process Management  


Plus one unit from:

MPM735 International Business Management  #

MPM712 Managing Innovation  

MPR722/MPM722 Human Resource Management  *#

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit
*MPR code denotes residential version of the unit

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Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (M501)
Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (M601)
Graduate Diploma of Politics and Policy (A616)
Master of Business Administration (M701)

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