Master of Political Science

ANU is ranked first in Australia and sixth in the world in politics and international studies.

Study a Master of Political Science at one of the world’s leading institutions for political research. This intensive degree focuses on the contemporary politics of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Courses are delivered in small seminars and the program draws on the unrivalled expertise of our academics who have created an exciting curriculum. You will examine topics from election forecasting to ethnic conflict as well as cutting edge research training.

As an ANU student you will learn from academics who provide regular policy advice to the Australian and foreign governments. You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from visiting academics and policymakers in Australia’s political capital.

Our programs

Master of Political Science

The Master of Political Science deals with the scientific study of political behaviour. It applies social science research methods to advance our understanding of a wide range of political phenomena from voting behavior to civil war, from regime change to corruption. Our program provides you with the analytical frameworks and research skills needed to understand world-defining events from Brexit to the rise of ISIS.

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Master of Political Science (Advanced)

The Master of Political Science (Advanced) provides a pathway to doctoral programs that have a research thesis as a prerequisite. In addition to the coursework component, you will also complete a substantial original thesis as evidence of your mastery of the relevant substantive knowledge and methodological skills. You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognised research scholars. These skills open the pathway to further study and to research-oriented careers in both public and private sector.

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Careers

The Master of Political Science provides you with the analytical tools 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, the Asia-Pacific, and beyond. The course will be of interest to those intending to pursue research-oriented careers in academia, government, international organisations, NGOs, media and private bodies concerned with political affairs, and to those intending further study in the field.

Our degrees will prepare you with the necessary skills to advance your career in a wide range of professions such as:

  • Consultancies
  • Diplomatic / Foreign service
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government and public service
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International trade and business
  • International development and aid
  • Journalism
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not for profit
  • University teaching and research
  • Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

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Graduate profile

Heidi Reid

A new world view

"I was looking for something that had a good balance of history and politics and philosophy, which international affairs does. And also, ANU has such a good reputation, particularly in this area."

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Meet Riana

Meet Riana

I decided to study at ANU because the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School is well known as the best International Relations centre in Australia and ranks seventh in the world.

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Meet Josie Hornung

Meet Josie Hornung

I chose the IR program at ANU because it is the top ranked in Australia. I wanted a program that would challenge me intellectually, and improve my chances of fulfilling my career goals.

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Meet Asuka

Meet Master of International Relations student Asuka Katsuno

Asuka Katsuno worked in a busy hospital in Tokyo before she decided to quit her job and take up nursing in Sydney.

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