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Graduate Certificate of Political Science


The Graduate Certificate of Political Science (6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent) equips students with the knowledge of contemporary political affairs and the analytical frameworks and research skills needed to understand the modern political landscape.

This program will enable you 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?

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate of Political Science 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 this field.

What you’ll learn

Offered by The Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell of Asia Pacific Affairs, the Graduate Certificate of Political Science is a 24-unit program that provides you with unrivalled access to academic and professional specialists, along with the opportunity to meet and learn from policymakers.

The program equips students to 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 and use theories and methods from political science to explain contemporary political affairs in Australia, Asia, and globally.

View the complete course list at ANU Programs and Courses.

Graduate Certificate fee discount

Domestic applicants offered a place to study in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees. This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part-time. If you do not complete the degree by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester (winter/spring) 2022. Indicative fee information can be viewed on the Admissions & Fees tab at ANU Programs and Courses.

Pathway to a Master degree

You may wish to consider extending your Graduate Certificate to complete a Graduate Diploma or Master degree. Your 24 units of study in the Graduate Certificate of Political Science may count as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs or the Master of Political Science.

Want to know more?

Email us at asiapacific@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk with current students, program advisers, or the academics who teach this program, or enquire now to hear more from ANU.

Ready to apply?

Domestic students can apply for this program at UAC. International students can apply through the ANU online application portal.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team