- Minimum 24 Units
- Academic plan CPOLS
- Post Nominal GCertPolSci
- CRICOS code 103870H
- UAC code
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Political Science
- Academic contact
The Graduate Certificate of Political Science requires the completion of 24 units which must consist of:
A minimum of 12 units from the following discipline courses:
POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents
POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions
POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour
POLS8043 Violence and Political Order
POLS8027 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
POGO8402 Political Institutional Architecture of Public Policy
A maximum of 12 units from 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
POLS8047 Interpretation, Method, Critique: Interpretivist Methods in the Social Sciences
A maximum of 6 units from completion of 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:
POGO - Public Policy
POLS - Comparative and Australian Politics
SOCR - Social Research
STAT - Research Methods
Applicants must present one of the following:
- Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
- Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
- 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7
- 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
- A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program
The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.
Ranking and English language proficiency: 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.
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. 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 admission requirements and post-admission support
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.
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.
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.
Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
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
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 Graduate Certificate of Political Science will equip students with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary political affairs and provides you with the analytical frameworks and research skills needed to understand the modern political landscape.
It enables students to address a range of critical questions, such as: 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 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.
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.
The program will be of interest to those intending to pursue careers in government, international organisations, NGOs and private bodies, and to those intending further study in the field
Understand key theories in political science;
Identify and understand relevant political science methods;
Critically analyse evidence-based research and policy across a range of political issues;
Use theories and methods from political science to explain contemporary political affairs in Australia, Asia, and globally.
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Welcome to the Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Certificate of Political Science is a 24 unit program. This consists of 4 x 6 unit courses and can be completed full time in one semester 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.
Study Option Examples
Semester 1: Discipline Course (6u), Discipline Course (6u), Methods Course (6u), Methods or Subject Area Course (6u)
Part time (available only to domestic students)
Semester 1: Discipline Course (6u), Methods Course (6u)
Semester 2: Discipline Course (6u), Methods or Subject Area Course (6u)
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About this degree
If you are looking to continue with a Master’s degree in the same field following your Graduate Certificate then please ensure that the courses you take are part of the relevant Master’s program. This will then ensure that you receive 24 units of credit for the courses you have taken. You will need to meet the admission GPA for the program to receive an offer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are not eligible for credit in this program.
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
You will need to enrol in at least 2 discipline courses and another 2 courses that are methods courses and/or subject areas courses as outlined 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 the Graduate Certificate 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.
The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.
You can contact the team by emailing email@example.com or calling on 02 6125 5744
Students may also
discuss their course selection with the Program Convenor, Erik Wang Erik.Wang@anu.edu.au