University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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Government and International Relations


Students interested in a coursework degree within the Department of Government and International Relations are referred to the Public Policy, International Relations, International Security and International Studies sections of the postgraduate handbook.


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 (two 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 words that makes an original and significant contribution to the field.

Postgraduate Research Coordinator:

Admission Requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.