Master of Political Science

The Master of Political Science, jointly offered by the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Asia and the Pacific, provides you with the analytical tools that you need to answer a range of critical questions about contemporary political affairs ranging from election forecasting to ethnic conflict. It provides training in political science research methods in addition to courses on the contemporary politics of Australia, Asia, and other major regions of the world.

The Master of Political Science deals with the scientific study of political behaviour. It applies social science research methods to advance our understanding of a wide range of political phenomena from voting behavior to civil war, from regime change to corruption. Our program provides you with the analytical frameworks and research skills needed to understand world-defining events from the election of Donald Trump to the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

Further studies

Master of Political Science (Advanced)

The Master of Political Science (Advanced) provides a pathway to doctoral programs that have a research thesis as a prerequisite. In addition to the coursework component, you will also complete a substantial original thesis as evidence of your mastery of the relevant substantive knowledge and methodological skills. You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognised research scholars. These skills open the pathway to further study and to research-oriented careers in both public and private sector.

Career opportunities

A Master of Political Science will advance your career in a wide range of professions such as:

  • Consultancies
  • Diplomatic / Foreign service
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government and public service
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International trade and business
  • International development and aid
  • Journalism
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not for profit
  • University teaching and research
  • Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

First Semester 2019 commencement – Postgraduate International

Due to high demand for our programs, applications direct to ANU for commencement in First Semester 2019 (February intake) are now closed.

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