single degree

Master of Political Science

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

MPOLS
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
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  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Political Science requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of the following core courses:

POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents

POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions 

POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour 

POLS8043 Violence and Political Order 

POLS8051 Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives

POLS8052 Political Economy of Development

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics


A minimum of 12 units from completion of the following methods courses:

POLS8058 Research Design in Political Science

POLS8042 Quantitative Research for Political Science 

POLS8048 Intermediate Quantitative Research in Politics 

POLS8044 Qualitative Research in Politics


A minimum of 12 units from completion of 8000-level courses with the following subject areas:

POGO - Public Policy

POLS - Comparative and Australian Politics


A maximum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses with the following subject areas:

ASIA - Asian Studies

INTR - International Relations 

MEAS - Mid Eastern & Central Asian Studies

PASI - Pacific Studies

SOCR - Social Research

STAT - Research Methods

STST - Security Studies


A maximum of 6 units from the completion of experiential courses from the following list:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A

VCPG6001 Unraveling Complexity

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World 

VCPG6004 Creating Impact 

Hurdle Requirements



Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

·        48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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: www.aqf.edu.au

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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

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 who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Recognition of prior and external learning policy

Cognate Disciplines

International relations and diplomacy; public policy and administration; strategic and security studies; political science; economics

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,940.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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 provides students with the analytical tools they need to answer a range of critical questions - What motivates voters to support populist candidates? How can election outcomes be more accurately forecast? What is the source of ethnic conflicts and how can it be best understood? 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. The program will be of interest to those intending to pursue research-oriented careers in government, international organisations, NGOs and private bodies, and to those intending further study in the field. Internationally recognised, this Master degree also paves the way to pursuing a PhD overseas.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  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.

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Welcome to the Master of Political Science. This section for new students will help you to choose which courses you should enrol in for your first semester as well as general information to assist you throughout your degree.

The Master of Political Science is a 72 unit program. This consists of 8 x 6 unit Compulsory Core Courses and 4 x 6 unit list courses. The program can be completed full time in 1.5 years or taken part time over a longer period. (Note: International students must study a full time load)

After you have accepted your offer online you will be emailed your password and Student ID. Please follow all the instructions in the matriculation email you receive to activate your Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) account. You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online in your courses through ISIS. Enrolment is managed through ISIS while the online learning platform is known as Wattle. These two websites will be some of the most common sites used throughout your degree. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible.

About this degree

Students who wish to apply for credit for courses undertaken in previous study can apply for prior formal learning at AQF Level 8 or 9. Please follow the instructions for Course Credits and Exemptions.

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year that they commenced the program. You can change the year on Programs and Courses by clicking on the drop down menu next to the year on the page.  If you would like to undertake a course that is not listed in your degree requirements, you will need to seek approval by sending an email to bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

Enrolment Status

Courses that make up this program are listed under the ‘Study’ tab.

Please note that the courses listed are not available in every semester and some are run in alternate years, so please check to see on the individual course page regarding when they are available.

It is possible to enrol in less than 24 units per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

If you are studying part time you are encouraged to enrol in courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until Monday of Week 2 of each semester without penalty.

Transfers

If you are currently enrolled in the Master of Political Studies and you are considering applying for the Advanced program, you will need to maintain a GPA of 6/7 and have completed 24 units of study in the Master of Political Studies (ANU courses only, credit will not be included in this calculation).

A GPA of 6/7 is equivalent to a Distinction average. See GPA website for more information.

Applications to transfer generally close 31 May for a Semester 2 transfer and 31 October for a transfer to Semester 1 the following year. This means that you have to apply before you have received your final results however the application will only be processed once all grades are finalised. For more information, please see the following website on Transferring between degrees


Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au

Academic Advice

The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.

You can contact the team by emailing bell.postgrad@anu.edu.au or calling on 02 6125 5744

Students may also discuss their course selection with the Program Convenor, Dr Jillian Sheppard (jill.sheppard@anu.edu.au)

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