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Master of Politics and Public Policy

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


Develop your understanding of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation with the Master of Politics and Public Policy.

This masters degree will give you a comprehensive understanding of current debates in public policy, including:
- evidence-based policy
- accountability
- federal-state relations
- globalisation
- policy transfer
- political parties
- citizen engagement

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-politics-and-public-policy

Key benefits

- Looks at issues from an Australian perspective and within the context of political science
- Emphasises the politics surrounding public policy, the changing landscape of policy making and Australian public policy
- Current students and graduates include members of parliament, ministerial policy advisers and media advisers

Suitable for

Whether you’re in the private sector but work with government departments, or want to develop a career in public, voluntary or political work – the Master of Politics and Public Policy will further your career.

Our students come from a wide range of countries and professional backgrounds, from public health, Indigenous affairs, education, immigration and taxation to crime control, environmental protection, resource management, community services and human rights.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant field;
Over 3 years relevant work experience.

- 1 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant field and
over 5 years relevant full time work experience;
Honours, PG diploma, or Masters in a relevant discipline and over 3 years relevant work experience.

- Relevant disciplines
Political Science and Policy Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Studies in Human Society; Social Work; Welfare Studies; Behavioural Science; Law; Linguistics; Literature; Language and Literature; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Economics; Criminology; Society and Culture; Communication and Media Studies; International Business

- Relevant areas
In policy-related employment or volunteer work including advisory, advocacy, consultancy, representation, analysis, research, management in public service, community, government relations, political and social, international or professional bodies, organisations, institutes or associations.

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


- Career Opportunities
Current students and graduates include members of parliament, ministerial policy advisers, media advisers, public servants, consultants, parliamentary and electorate office staff, lobbyists, journalists, researchers, lawyers and community organisation workers.

- Employers
Graduates have been successful finding employment within the Commonwealth, State and Local governments in areas such as:
- public health
- Indigenous affairs
- education
- immigration
- taxation
- crime control
- environmental protection
- resource management
- community services
- human rights.

In the private sector, our graduates have found success in:
- finance
- health
- publishing
- insurance
- media
- public relations
- law

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-politics-and-public-policy

Visit the Master of Politics and Public Policy page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Fran Cole

“Studying the Master of Politics and Public Policy has altered how I work as a public policy practitioner. It has given me greater confidence in how I work, particularly in relation to working through complex policy problems, and a better understanding of how my colleagues in other policy roles operate. It has also been a fantastic networking opportunity. I've made great connections through my classmates who work across a wide range of sectors including government, the not-for-profit sector, media, education and politics.

The ability to study by distance has allowed me to participate in this degree while undertaking a hectic work schedule working interstate and full-time. I felt very connected despite being off campus, and the weekend schools provided excellent opportunities to meet the staff and my fellow students. The staff were excellent, and despite being an external student, I always found they went out of their way to answer questions, provide feedback and give support when I've needed it.”


Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in politics, international relations, law, sociology, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline; GPA of 2.50 (out of 4.00); Relevant work experience

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