POLS688-24A (C) Any Time Start 2024


60 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant Faculty Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Graduate School.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


A supervised, independent research project


Completion of a 15-20,000-word dissertation is necessary for completion of the MIRAD/MPAG/MArts, with a relevant topic chosen in the fields of international relations and diplomacy or policy and governance. The dissertation is the largest and most sustained piece of research and written work that most of you will have ever completed and will probably be the longest piece of writing that most of you will ever individually produce. It is also the single-most valuable piece of assessment in the MIRAD/MPAG/MArts degree. For these reasons, it is important to approach your dissertation thoughtfully and carefully, to ensure that at the end of your degree you have produced the best piece of work that you were capable of.

Structure of POLS650/688

POLS650/688 can be taken:
1) as a full year course running from the first day of semester 1 to January 31 the following year
2) as a one semester course running from the first day of semester 3 (i.e. the semester after you have completed all of your coursework) until the end of the mid-year examination period.
3) As a full year course starting on the first day of semester 2 to the end of the mid-year examination period the following year. Students taking this option will generally have started the degree mid-year and (for administrative reasons) will be enrolled in POLS692 and POLS693 rather than POLS688.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 Meremere 526
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 443
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct


Your final grade for POLS688 (or POLS692 and 693 for mid-year entrants) is composed of the following four parts:
Course Attendance (5%)
Research Design (15%)
Presentation (10%)
Dissertation (70%)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $3,814.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All POLS688 Occurrences

  • POLS688-24A (C) Any Time Start 2024