Master of Politics and Public Policy

Macquarie University

The best policy makers are those who use their knowledge to develop innovative solutions to the myriad of challenges facing contemporary society. They are adept at identifying and analysing problems, and steering policy ideas through a complex political environment, in order to serve the public interest. This course will develop your understanding of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. As a graduate, you'll possess a deep knowledge of how political processes inform and shape policy development, as well as the skills to help you to analyse, design and deliver effective policy solutions. KEY FEATURES This course emphasises the politics surrounding public policy, and analyses the policy process from a political perspective. You'll focus on policy making within the Australian context, and you'll have opportunities to compare and learn from experiences in other countries around the world. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of current debates in public policy, including evidence-based policy, accountability, federal-state relations, globalisation, policy transfer, political parties and citizen engagement. Current students and graduates include members of parliament, ministerial staff, policy advisers, public servants, advocates and government relations experts. This course is offered internally and externally, and external students enjoy the benefits of working with staff and fellow students at intensive on-campus sessions each semester. 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. Career Opportunities PROFESSIONS 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

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 083806G
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


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