Postgraduate Research Studies in Government and International Relations

postgraduate research students study in Fisher Library.

The Department of Government and International Relations is a vibrant academic community with a strong research profile and is part of the new School of Social and Political Sciences within the Faculty of Arts. In 2012, the Department was joined by the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), making us now one of the largest politics departments in the southern hemisphere.

The Department welcomes applications from suitably qualified postgraduate students seeking to conduct a sustained research project addressing issues that are theoretically important, politically-relevant, and methodologically creative in any of the key sub-fields of the discipline. This includes International Relations, Security Studies, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Political Theory and Australian Politics.

Postgraduate students form an integral part of the research community and academic life of the Department, and regular research seminars deepen professional training, collaborative feedback, and students’ analytical skills. Visiting scholars, the Colloquium Series, and related conferences and workshops within the Department and wider university link students with professional networks across Australia and around the world.

A research degree provides graduates with the capacity to generate and critically evaluate knowledge, arguments, and evidence that is invaluable for careers in academic life, research institutes, and policy analysis, as well as in business enterprises, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Students wishing to pursue a higher degree in research within the Department can consider a number of programmes of study, including:

  • the Master of Arts (Research) (MA(research));
  • the Masters in Philosophy (MPhil);
  • Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD); and
  • Doctorate in Social Sciences (DSocSci).

For further information, please also consult the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences postgraduate research degrees.

How To Apply

To be considered for entry into one of these programmes, all applicants must contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Department and send through the following documentation:

  1. a 1,500 word research proposal that outlines the central research question, the literature that the project will engage with, and the proposed methodology;
  2. current curriculum vitae;
  3. copies of academic transcripts, and;
  4. evidence you have found an academic in the department willing to supervise your work

Once your documentation has been assessed we will begin the process of confirming an appropriate supervisory team. Applicants will then be advised if they can submit a formal application. The Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the Department is Assoc Prof Susan Park.

Our Students

You can find student profiles for our current HDR students in Government and International Relations at the following links: