Politics and policy

Deakin's politics and policy courses focus 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.

What courses can I study?

Professional Political Practice

The new Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice is a strongly applied, skills-based, targeted course which qualifies individuals to undertake professional and highly skilled work as political advisors, helping Ministers and other political figures discharge their political, policy and media functions.
Professional Political Practice website

Photo: As part of the launch on the new Graduate Diploma of Professional Political Practice, Deakin recently held the first seminar of the series 'The rise of political professionals in contemporary politics'.


Living for Politics panel

On the panel: Alan Tudge, Federal Member for Aston, Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm and Stephen Mills, author of The Professionals: Strategy, money and the rise of the political campaigner in Australia.

Politics and Policy

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.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Graduate Diploma of Professional Political PracticeCourse information for:Local Students
Master of Politics and PolicyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of ArtsCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

You may also be interested in study areas: International Relations; Journalism; Middle East Studies; Philosophy

Why study Politics and Policy at Deakin?

Teaching and research excellence

Deakin's lecturers are active within their profession, which means you'll be taught by specialists who know, understand and have connections within industry.
Within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, there is research expertise on state, national and regional politics and policy issues, international relations, democracy and democratisation, public ethics and community development.

Study overseas

Give yourself the competitive edge after graduation. Discover and live in 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.
Exchange and Education Abroad programs are available to all students, including international, postgraduate and off-campus students.

Career opportunities for graduates

Career opportunities for graduates include but are not limited to:

  • Public service departments and statutory authorities
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Policy advisors in state and federal parliaments
  • Small business to multinational corporations
  • Community organisations
  • Policy researchers in NGOs including overseas aid organisations
  • Policy researchers in the mass media
  • Lobby groups
  • Policy consultants
  • Political parties and electoral offices

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