Politics and policy


Enhance your understanding of big global issues and develop the skills to make a positive impact on the world. Understand the power dynamics of current social and political challenges, and how to develop policies to address them.

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You’ll investigate the challenges of climate change, asylum seekers and refugees, inequality, political parties and new social movements. Examine the ideas behind the policy and the rhetoric – then look globally for different solutions, investigate how policy lessons are learned and assess their impact on domestic and global politics.


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, masters 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.

Choose a politics and policy degree that will get you work ready

Deakin’s industry-shaped courses and practical, real-world approach to learning will prepare you to adapt to the jobs of the future.

Benefit from industry connections

Our politics and policy courses are run by academic staff with extensive networks in government and community organisations. They provide you with exciting internship and employment opportunities to prepare you for your future career.

Get practical skills to drive change

We offer one of the few courses in Australia that combines politics and policy. You’ll develop practical skills, such as policy writing and other communication skills, to engage with and address complex challenges.

Graduate with skills employers want

Graduate with communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, plus the ability to understand new knowledge. Your clear thinking and deep understanding of policy and political drivers will allow for a challenging and exciting career.

Take the next step to a brighter future

Explore our politics and international relations courses and find out more about life at Deakin. Get more inspiration for your future career in a major growth sector.

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I decided to be involved in politics and policy, because that is where all the decisions are made. If you want to make a difference or improve anything within your community or in the world you have to understand how politics works and how policy is developed.

Sylvia Daravong

Master of Politics and Policy

Top professional roles in politics and policy

Employment in public administration and safety is projected to grow 8.8% over 10 years to May 2033.* This includes new jobs for the following roles:

  • 6,600 new jobs for policy and planning managers
  • 6,700 new jobs for intelligence and policy analysts
  • 4,700 new jobs for journalists and other writers
  • 4,500 new jobs for research and development managers
  • 2,900 new jobs for social professionals (such as political scientists).

Where you could be working

Our graduates gain employment in the following fields:

  • 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.

Graduate with an employment advantage

Deakin is ranked in the top 1% worldwide for arts and humanities. This means you’ll graduate with the skills employers want, enabling you to work where your passion lies, make your impact and drive change.

Politics and policy studies at Deakin

Meet the teaching team and learn about the themes covered when you study politics and policy.

Politics and policy studies at Deakin

World-class teaching experiences

Our politics and policy course takes a comparative approach, providing you with the skills to analyse global events critically. You'll graduate with the knowledge, expertise and practical skills to succeed in various government policy, strategy, consulting or business management roles.

Graduate with professional experience

Gaining work experience improves your job prospects and career growth. You'll have the opportunity to intern in a professional setting, learning from experienced decision-makers, while expanding your network and preparing you for future employment opportunities. You can also travel abroad and gain valuable global experiences while you study.

Learn from the best

You’ll get a world-class education when you study at Deakin – a top 1% university worldwide. Our courses are designed in collaboration with industry professionals and taught by innovative academics, giving you the competitive edge to succeed.

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*2023 Employment Projections - for the ten years to 2033, Jobs and Skills Australia.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

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Got a question about our politics and policy courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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