Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy emphasises a dual focus on politics and public policy and offers units designed to appeal to public sector, business, NGO and community sector managers and leaders, and those wishing to acquire new skills.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

1 year part time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Discover how you can shape the future of public life through Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy. Combining contemporary theory with industry-relevant skills, this course will equip you with the foundation knowledge to understand the complex machinations of the contemporary democratic system and its most pressing challenges. You’ll also gain the professional skills required to develop, execute and evaluate policymaking across vital public sectors including education and employment.

Are you ready to build an impactful career helping to shape society through the dynamic realms of politics and policy?

Prepare for the challenges and excitement of transforming political ideas into beneficial public policy. In this industry-shaped course, you’ll learn from academics who are experts in their fields and have extensive professional networks in politics and policy. You’ll gain industry-relevant experience and practical skills by working on real-world projects, such as developing policy briefing papers or political communication strategies.

Through electives, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into the complex and often competing array of accountabilities at force in governance, the distribution of power and authority between the tiers of the federal system of government, and the interplay of communication, politics and public opinion. You’ll also gain insights into current Australian public policy in key fields such as foreign policy, crime and urban design, and consider innovative ideas for changes of policy direction drawing on lessons from overseas.

With a dual understanding of the theoretical foundations of politics and the nuances of effective and ethical policymaking, you’ll graduate job ready with a range of industry-relevant skills and an applied understanding of politics in action.

This course is delivered via Deakin’s premium online platform, ensuring a collaborative, fully supported and flexible study environment, so you can get ahead with your career journey while also maintaining work, study and personal commitments.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • 2 credit points of compulsory core units
  • Academic Integrity AAI018 (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 2 credit points selected from course electives

Core Units

  • Making Policy
  • Rethinking Democracy
  • Course Electives

  • Policy Lessons From Overseas
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Governance and Accountability
  • Political Communication
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    A502
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor degree or higher OR
    • at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent) OR
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    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.

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

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduate with the expertise and practical skills to confidently enter a role as policy officer, analyst, consultant or adviser in a variety of professional fields, including:

    • local, state and national government
    • political office
    • international relations
    • industry and the private sector
    • stakeholder engagement
    • communication and training

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT 

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Advanced knowledge of, and specialised cognitive skills involving Australia’s political system and governance that may be applied in professional practice and adapted to different contexts. Sound understanding of policy development, implementation and evaluation.

    Communication

    Ability to communicate effectively potentially complex knowledge and ideas involving political and policy issues to a variety of audiences, both specialist and non-specialist. 

    Critical thinking

    Develop the skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas and proposals involving diverse institutions and actors, within and beyond the ‘formal’ political sphere.

    Problem solving

    Employ appropriate methods of research and analysis to investigate complex real world problems in a systematic manner and generate and evaluate potential responses to issues in such areas as: public policy; political institutions, processes and practices; democratic governance; citizen engagement; and, political communication.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development personally, academically and professionally in the field of politics and/or public policy. 

    Teamwork

    Work and learn collaboratively with others from similar, but also at times quite different disciplines and backgrounds. 

    Approved by Faculty Board July 2019