University of Sydney Handbooks - 2012 Archive

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Government and International Relations

There are three research degrees offered in Government and International Relations and students must have a substantial background in Government and International Relations to be eligible to enrol in these degrees. The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (2 units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Government and International Relations but who do not have an honours degree.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.

The Doctor of Philosophy has the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 – 100,000 words which makes an original and significant contribution to the field.


Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Dr Betsi Beem
Phone: +61 2 9351 6599

See also coursework programs at: International Studies and Public Policy

Admission requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses