Politics and policy


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.

Real world experience: Explore local and international debates through seminars
Master of Politics and Policy: offered entirely online on our Cloud Campus

Career opportunities

Our graduates gain employment in many fields including:

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


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 (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.


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)

Study your degree overseas

Discover 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.

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

Our community

Deakin’s politics and policy courses are run by academic staff with extensive networks in government and community organisations, which provide exciting internship and employment opportunities for our students.

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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