single degree

Master of Political Science

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

MPLSC
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 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
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 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 Master of Political Science 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:

POLS8042 Research Training: Scope and Methods (12 units)

Minimum of 6 units and a maximum of 12 units from:

POLS8044 Qualitative Research in Politics (6 or 12 units)

Maximum of 6 units from the following methods courses:

POLS8047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences (6 units)

SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis (6 units)

SOCR8006 Online Research Methods (6 units)   

SOCR8202 Using data to answer policy questions and evaluate policy (6 units)

SOCR8203 Advanced techniques in the creation of social science data (6 units)

STAT7016 Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis (6 units)

STAT7017 Big Data Statistics (6 units)

STAT7026 Graphical Data Analysis (6 units)

STAT8002 Applied Time Series Analysis (6 units)

STAT8004 Introduction to Linear Models (6 units)

STAT8027 Statistical Inference (6 units)

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

POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents (6 units)

POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour (6 units)

POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions (6 units)

POLS8043 Violence and Political Order (6 units)

Completion of a minimum of 24 units from the following list of thematic courses:

POLS8027 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (6 units)

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics (6 units)

POLS8036 Human Rights and Human Responsibility (6 units)

POLS8040 Comparative Federalism (6 units)

POLS8041 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (6 units)

INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific (6 units)

INTR8058 Politics of Islam in Southeast Asia (6 units)

PASI8005 Politics of the Pacific Island Regions (6 units)

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror (6 units)

MEAS8116 Islam and Democracy (6 units)

24 units of completion of courses at the 6000-, 7000-, 8000-, and 9000-level offered by ANU.

Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.

Admission 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.


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0


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


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.


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 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.


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

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$45,864.00

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

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate key theories in political science;

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

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

    Inherent Requirements

    Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

Double degree

If you undertake the Master of International Relations as a Flexible Verticle Double, you will undertake the following courses in your undergraduate degree:

POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents

POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions

POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour

POLS8043 Violence and Political Order


Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Political Science Admin at mplsc.admin@anu.edu.au

Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions