International Politics

Major/Minor/Specialisation !MR-ARTSAST-SPC+1008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014


Professor Andrew Walter



Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts



The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in International Politics. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H3 (65%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis) in this area of specialisation should:

  • have an advanced understanding of the major debates in both comparative politics (ie. comparing between countries) and international relations (ie. political, economic, cultural and security relations between states and non-state actors) since 1945;
  • have developed a specialised knowledge in one or more areas of either comparative politics or international relations;
  • have produced a shorter thesis based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen sub-discipline of political science.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / 3 years part-time

The Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis) in this area of specialisation requires:

  • thesis 20,000-22,000 words
  • two compulsory subjects (25 points)
Subject Options:

Thesis Subject

Thesis 20,000-22,000 words

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
RHD First Half Year, RHD Second Half Year

Compulsory Subjects

2 compulsory subjects (25 points total)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Advanced Seminar & Shorter Thesis)

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