Politics and policy

Discipline

Explore the big ideas that have shaped and will continue to shape the world. Prepare to tackle current social and political challenges, such as gender equality and asylum seekers, by building your media campaigning skills and engaging in lively discussions.

Get work-ready

Enhance your understanding of the big issues in the world today, and develop the skills to make a difference in your lifetime. You’ll investigate the challenges posed to Australia and the world and examine the ideas behind the policy and the rhetoric. Our politics and policy courses are run by academic staff with extensive networks in government and community organisations, providing you with exciting internship and employment opportunities to ready you for your future career.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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)

Career opportunities

Our graduates gain employment in fields including:

  • business
  • civil society organisations
  • foreign affairs
  • government organisations
  • intelligence and security
  • journalism
  • policy advocacy
  • policy design and analysis
  • policy research
  • politics
  • political and social research
  • public communication
  • public relations and lobbying
  • public service
  • speechwriting
  • teaching.

Study and travel with your degree

Discover a new country and make friends around the world while gaining course credit. With a Deakin study tour or trimester abroad your degree can take you where you want to go.

Intern with real decision-makers

Work experience can make all the difference when you graduate and apply for jobs. You'll have the opportunity to intern in a professional work environment with real decision-makers where you can broaden your network and prepare for future employment.

Research with us

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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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