• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Luke Glanville
    • Dr Beverley Loke
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

The Thesis course is based on substantial independent research project. A thesis might apply an established theory to a new body of evidence or set of cases. It might try to develop a new theory about well-known evidence. A major part of the thesis writing process is establishing what research question to ask and how to go about answering that question. The thesis should be an extended argument addressing an intellectual question, problem or issue. The skills that are required to write a good thesis build on those developed through essay writing for other courses. The main difference is that for the thesis the student takes the lead in identifying their research puzzle, articulating a question and developing an argument based on research they have carried out by themselves. The project should be limited enough in scope to be completed within the relevant timeframe.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Pose a significant research question relating to the discipline of International Relations
  2. Investigate this question creatively, and critically through use of appropriate theory and methodology
  3. Communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium

Indicative Assessment

  1. Thesis Proposal (15) [LO 1]
  2. Literature Review (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Thesis (70) [LO 1,2,3]

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This course is based on independent research and writing and therefore does not have formally scheduled classes. Instead, significant personal study, research and ongoing contact with a supervisor is required.

Inherent Requirements

Successful completion of 72 units of coursework in the Master of International Relations or the Master of International Relations (Advanced) Program with a minimum weighted overall average of 70%

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course requires a permission code to enrol. Students must obtain the written agreement of an identified supervisor and have maintained a 70% average over the course of the degree in order to enrol.

You will need to contact the Department of International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
24 units

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24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $16440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $23520
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2401 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5385 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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