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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

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

The Master of Political Science 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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a grade point average of at least 5/7.


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 Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.


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


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:

Annual indicative fee for international students


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.

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 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

SOCR8203 Advanced Techniques in the Creation of Social Science Data

STAT7016 Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis

STAT7017 Big Data Statistics

STAT7026 Graphical Data Analysis

STAT8002 Applied Time Series Analysis

STAT8004 Introduction to Linear Models

STAT8027 Statistical Inference


24 units from completion of courses from the following list

MEAS8116 Islam and Democracy

POLS8027 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

POLS8032 Globalisation: the Interaction of Economics and Politics

POLS8040 Comparative Federalism

POLS8041 Special Topics In Comparative Politics (units)

INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific

INTR8058 Politics of Islam in Southeast Asia

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

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

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