Courses & Units

Master of International Politics R7Q

Hobart, Distance Hobart


The Master of International Politics is offered at the Hobart campus and by distance. It is normally a 1 calendar year (or 3 semesters) full-time or up to 3 years (or 6 semesters) part-time program. Students may enrol for semester 1 or semester 2 entry.

Applicable course rules and specifications are those from the year of a student commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2014 should refer to the 2014 Handbook.


Course Name Master of International Politics
Course Abbreviation MIntPol
Course Duration 1.5 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 4 Years
CRICOS code 044261D
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Arts



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2


The Master of International Politics aims to provide a quality tertiary qualification at the postgraduate level in a professional coursework-plus-thesis program. The course aims to provide students with:

  • a thorough grounding in analytical theory and practice;
  • broader knowledge of recent developments in the field; and
  • extended skills to design, conduct and appraise research in this field.

Career Outcomes

Enhancement of students' careers by the achievement of a postgraduate award from a prestigious university.


Students may apply for credit for units passed in other courses (complete or incomplete).


Students are normally expected to have a minimum of a bachelor degree from the University of Tasmania or from another university or tertiary institution which is deemed equivalent, and a level of English equivalent to a score of 6.0 on an IELTS test. In exceptional circumstances the Faculty may admit a person with some other tertiary qualification and relevant employment experience.

Students seeking entry into postgraduate courses based on employment experience only (i.e. no bachelor degree), will generally only be allowed entry at Graduate Certificate level.

Direct entry for admission is approved subject to successful completion of 100% of coursework units with Distinction average prior to progression to thesis unit/s, is required for articulation to the this Masters.

Students who do not achieve at Distinction level in coursework components, but nonetheless complete 100% of units will be able to exit with a Graduate Diploma.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

Students who terminate their studies after completing 100% of the coursework units (including the core unit) are eligible to achieve the Graduate Diploma in International Politics.

These course rules and specifications apply to students commencing thecourse in 2010 For students who commenced prior to 2010, the applicable course rules are those from the year of commencement. i.e. students who commenced in 2006 should refer to the 2006 Handbook.

Students are required to complete 100% of coursework units taken from the schedule below, including 2x 25% core units plus the Research Thesis.

Course Structure

Schedule of units

Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules


1[i]n these Specifications `Faculty-- means the Faculty of Arts acting on the advice of the Board of Humanities and Social Science.
 [ii]The Faculty may accept as a candidate for the award of Master of International Politics any of the following:
  (a)an applicant who has qualified for admission to a bachelor degree in the University of Tasmania;
  (b)an applicant who holds a degree of another university or tertiary institution approved by the Faculty for this purpose, and who is deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent to a candidate in paragraph (a);
  (c)in exceptional circumstances a person who holds a tertiary qualification and whose employment experience indicates a level of knowledge and skill deemed by the Faculty to be sufficient to complete the course satisfactorily.
2Candidates for the award shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than three semesters of full-time study (or its equivalent) and not more than six semesters of part-time study, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3To qualify for the award, the candidate shall:
 pass 150% of units comprising:
  (a)a compulsory 25% core coursework unit;
  (b)a compulsory 50% core research thesis unit; and
  (c)75% of elective units.
4The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with the Schedule of Units for the Master of International Politics, accompanying these specifications.
5Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty of Arts and as summarised in Schedule of Units for the Master of International Politics.
6A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50% weighting, or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester, more than 25% weighting.
7Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.
8In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for Previous Studies

9Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


10The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.
11These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2003 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently.
12The approved abbreviation for the Master of International Politics shall be MIntPol.