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Master of Political Science (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Political Science (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory introductory graduate courses:


POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents

POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions

POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS8043 Violence and Political Order

12 units from completion of POLS8042 Research Training: Scope and Methods



12 units from completion of POLS8044 Qualitative Research in Politics



12 units from completion of quantitative methods courses from the following list:

SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods    

SOCR8202 Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy


STAT8004 Introduction to Linear Models

24 units from completion of THES8103 Thesis

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POLS8027 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

POLS8036 Human Rights and Human Responsibility

POLS8040 Comparative Federalism

POLS8041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

INTR8058 Politics of Islam in Southeast Asia

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

MEAS8116 Islam and Democracy

SOCY8004 Interest Groups Advocacy and Public Policy

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

International relations and diplomacy; public policy and administration; strategic and security studies; political science; history; sociology; economics and development; social science; law; and regional studies

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher 

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Political Science (Advanced) provides students with the analytical tools they need to answer a range of critical questions about contemporary political affairs ranging from election forecasting to ethnic conflict. The program 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 course will be of interest to those intending to pursue research-oriented careers in government, international organisations, NGOs and private bodies concerned with political affairs, and to those intending further study in the field.


Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2018

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:


1. Critically evaluate key theories in political science;

2. Interpret and utilize relevant political science methods;

3. Critically analyse evidence-based research and policy across a range of political issues;

4. Use theories and methods from political science to explain contemporary political affairs in Australia, Asia, and globally;

5. Conduct high-level research to undertake self-directed study in political science;

6. Communicate research findings at a level appropriate for academic and policy audiences.

7. Produce a substantial theoretically and empirically informed written project based on original independent research.

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