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.
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.
A Master of Political Science will advance your career in a wide range of professions such as:
Diplomatic / Foreign service
Government and public service
International trade and business
International development and aid
Private not for profit
University teaching and research
Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis for the Master of Anthropology (Advanced).