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 program provides training in political science research methods and equips students with in-depth knowledge on contemporary political affairs.

Students can choose from a wide selection of topics covering terrorism and counter-terrorism, human rights, interest group advocacy or Islam and democracy.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2023-24

Key facts

1 in Australia
8 for Politics in World*

1.5 years full-time
Semester 1 & 2 intake
Advanced option available

#1 in Australia for graduate employability^

UAC Code: 830954
CRICOS Code: 102925F

Career options

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

Hear from our students

“I am motivated by the current challenges that are present in my country, as well as my goals for the days to come.”
Intan Hapsari , Master of Political Science

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Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.


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