Course level

Postgraduate Coursework


Humanities and Social Sciences


Politic Sc & Internat Studies




Two Semesters


POLS7220, POLS7223, POLS7224 (This means students who have completed the #6 research report cannot enrol in the #8 research thesis).

Recommended prerequisite

Assessment methods


Course coordinator

Dr Richard Shapcott

Current course offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2018 St Lucia Internal Profile unavailable

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Course description

A 16,000 word thesis reporting the findings of a year-long research project drafted in consultation with an academic supervisor. Students commencing in Semester 1 enrol in POLS7705 for two consecutive semesters. Students commencing in Semester 2 enrol in POLS7706 for two consecutive semesters. This is a restricted entry course and requires prior approval from the School. Prospective students must themselves identify and approach a potential supervisor and discuss their proposed research question; supervisors are not assigned by the School for this course. Student eligibility will be examined in the following areas: - Grade point average (GPA): successful applicants would be expected to have achieved a program GPA of 5.5 or better in their Masters program - Progression through degree : successful applicants would be expected to be in the final semester of their studies (or have completed at least #8 units in the program) - Viability of project : the project outline will be reviewed to determine its quality, viability and feasibility. - Availability of supervisor : research projects must be of direct interest to an academic staff member within the school, who in turn must have the workload capacity to supervise a student. Students are required to not only be self-motivated and self-disciplined, but also to determine and develop their own project in consultation with their supervisor. Further information - including the application form and the application due date - is available from the POLSIS website : Students are required to submit the application form and their research proposal by the relevant due date by email to

Archived offerings

Course offerings Location Mode Course Profile
Semester 2, 2017 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2016 St Lucia Internal Course Profile
Semester 2, 2015 St Lucia Internal Course Profile