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Politics and International Studies

Specialisation (formal)Year: 2019

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The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) allows you to undertake a minor research subject and coursework subjects in a specialist field of study at an advanced level. This course is equivalent to an Arts Honours program if the thesis component is taken. It serves as prerequisite entry to a Masters by Research or PhD for those who have not completed a four-year Arts (Honours) degree in the relevant area.

Please note:

  • Mid-year entry is not available for this specialisation
  • Students must enrol in the thesis POLS40021 Politics & International Thesis Part 1 and POLS40022 Politics & International Thesis Part 2 over two consecutive semesters

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) in this area of specialisation should:

  • complete the equivalent of fourth year honours with a research component and obtain a recognised qualification;
  • obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in political science at masters or PhD level;
  • develop a specialist understanding of specific areas of study, showing an understanding of the latest research directions; and
  • develop a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the specific issues in political science.
Last updated: 27 May 2019