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Master of Politics and Public Policy Macquarie University



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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.


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.


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


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.


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



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Politics and Public Policy.

Full Time (1 year - 1.5 years depending on RPL granted)

Tuition fees

A$31,000.00 (14,87,585) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have:

• 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 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent

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

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